As a mere mortal I sometimes find legal drafting difficult . In this case I would appreciate a considered opinion, The circumstances are that adjacent to my Parish there is a Regional airport which applied for a big extension. The Planning Officers recommended the application be accepted but the members rejected it and the applicant appealed . At the inquiry a group of 26 local Parishes decided they wanted to employ their own legal team and wrote to all local Parishes seeking contributions. As my PC does not have the GPC I questioned whether we had the power to contribute . The Clerk at the time recommended that S137 be used . The applicant won his appeal.
So we start with LGA 1972 S222 which says “they may prosecute or defend or appear in any legal proceedings and, in the case of civil proceedings, may institute them in their own name”. Now the first bit in isolation appears to cover anything yet the second part appears to limit PCs initiating any action unless it’s in their own name. So, in my case does the second bit override the first ? I am assuming that it does and therefore this power could not be used to fund our contribution.
I now move onto S137 . Firstly it uses the word “will” when referring to accruing any direct benefit and this infers a degree of certainty when in fact 40% of appeals are statistically won (and probably higher in cases of members overturning officers recommendations) . So should it have fallen at this hurdle ? But more importantly it states that S137 cannot be used to get around any limitation . I argue the s222 statement “ in your own name” creates that limitation ?
Would be interested in opinions as to what power could be used . I believe neither