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Legal briefs: Anti-fracking group’s legal challenge to be heard next month

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 27th February-3rd March 2017

Legal action launched over impact of new costs rules on environmental claims

Three non-governmental organisations have launched legal proceedings over new costs rules that came into force this week amid claims that Ministry of Justice reforms could make it “virtually impossible” to bring a public interest case to protect the environment.

Local Government Lawyer

Supreme Court refers Tipperary windfarm decision to Europe

Ireland’s Supreme Court wants the Court of Justice of the EU to determine European law issues before ruling whether An Bord Pleanála properly assessed the impact of a County Tipperary wind farm on the habitat of the hen harrier, a protected species under EU law.

Irish Times

Legal challenge by anti-fracking group to be heard next month

An anti-fracking group’s appeal against government permission for the process at a Lancashire site will be heard by the High Court on 15 March.

Local Government Lawyer

Planning committee rejects advice from QC amid rail track noise concern

Planning committee members at Oxford City Council have rejected advice from both a barrister and officers over whether Network Rail should be required to use ‘silent’ rail track for a section of line to be built in the city for the East-West Rail project, which would reconnect Oxford with Milton Keynes and Bedford.

Local Government Lawyer