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Legal briefs: ‘Illegal’ Lough Neagh sand dredging challenged; High Court ruling saves Cuckfield village meadow

Words: Roger Milne
Courtroom Gavel - legal changes that affect planners

A round-up of legal news: 25 June-1 July, 2016

High court quashes gypsy permission and considers test for failure to have regard to a material consideration

The High Court has quashed the decision of Ashford Borough Council to grant planning permission for a four pitch gypsy development in an area of semi-ancient woodland in Kent.

Landmark Chambers

Decision to order removal of red and white stripes upheld

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council’s decision to issue a s215 notice requiring that red and white stripes are removed from a house in the Kensington Square Conservation Area in west London has been upheld at Isleworth Crown Court. The house must be repainted white within weeks.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

‘Illegal’ Lough Neagh sand dredging challenged

A Belfast court was told this week by counsel appearing for Friends of the Earth that former environment minister Mark H Durkan had failed his ministerial duties by deciding not to halt sand extraction from Lough Neagh despite its status as a protected area under EU environmental legislation.

News Letter

High Court ruling saves Cuckfield village meadow

Campaigners who fought plans, now quashed, to build a house on a meadow in the village of Cuckfield have won their battle in the High Court over the decision by Mid Sussex District Council to approve the new house.

BBC News

Pub owner wins Court of Appeal battle over housing association development

The owner of an historic pub in East London has won a Court of Appeal battle over the grant of planning permission after a planning appeal allowed a three-storey building on the site of a former nightclub next door. The consent has been quashed.

Local Government Lawyer

Planning battle ends as farmer who built castle complies with notices

A decade-long planning battle over the building of a mock Tudor castle in the Surrey green belt without permission came to an end this week after Reigate & Banstead District Council notified the High Court that the site had been cleared in line with a previously contested enforcement notice.

Local Government Lawyer