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Words: Roger Milne
Gavel and scales

A round-up of this week's legal stories

Fracking firm granted Belcoo quarry extension
A company that may eventually use fracking to extract natural gas in County Fermanagh has been granted an extension to a High Court injunction to stop protesters getting close to a quarry.Tamboran Resources intends to drill an exploratory borehole near Belcoo next month to collect rock samples.
No extra gigs at Emirates after Arsenal lose appeal
Arsenal Football Club has lost a High Court challenge over a planning inspector’s decision to refuse to increase the number of music concerts the football club can hold at the Emirates Stadium from three to six. The club had also been seeking to increase the number of major events that it could hold on a Sunday from one to three.
Developer launches legal challenge to Pickles wind farm refusal
A wind farm developer has launched legal action against Communities Secretary Eric Pickles over his decision to refuse a wind farm against the recommendations of an inspector. That move came as Pickles refused a separate wind farm promoted by the same developer, also against the recommendations of the inspector. Developer RWE Innogy is challenging Pickles decision to dismiss an appeal for a 10-turbine array at Heslerton in North Yorkshire.
High Court rejects green belt challenge
Developers have failed in a High Court bid to obtain planning permission for 23 affordable homes at a green belt site at Cookham, Berkshire, originally refused by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and subsequently by a planning inspector.
Developer challenges Loxwood neighbourhood plan
Developer Crown Hall Estates is seeking a judicial review of Chichester District Council’s decision to hold a referendum on the Loxwood Neighbourhood Plan after accepting the independent examiner's recommendations and proposed modifications to the West Sussex strategy.
High Court rejects Essex village green challenge
An Essex resident has failed in his High Court bid to protect a piece of land he says has been used by the public for more than 70 years as a village green. Richard Naylor went to court over Essex County Council’s decision in February 2013 to refuse to register an area of land known as 'Mill Lane Green and adjoining sea wall', at Mill Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze as village green. The case turned on whether the public had used the land "by right" or "as of right". 
Campaigners challenge Irish Midlands farm development
A High Court challenge has been brought against An Bord Pleanala's decision to grant planning permission for a wind farm development in the Irish Midlands. Two months ago, An Bord Pleanala granted Green Wind Energy (Wexford) Ltd permission to construct 29 electricity generating wind turbines with a maximum height of up to 166 metres, plus ancillary buildings, on a site just north of Rhode in Co Offaly in the Republic.
Irish National Trust loses Hinkley Point case at Court of Appeal
An Taisce (the Irish National Trust) has drawn a further legal blank after its judicial review challenge in the Court of Appeal to the granting of consent for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station failed last week.