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Legal briefs: Barristers back remote hearings after Mendip green space case; Isle of Dogs development challenge

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 21 March-27 March, 2020

Barristers back remote hearings after Mendip green space case

Barristers who took part in one of the first remote substantive hearings in the Planning Court have said the experience demonstrates that the courts should remain open for business during the coronavirus outbreak. The case involved a dispute over the allocation of local green space in development plans drawn up by Mendip District Council.

Local Government Lawyer

Isle of Dogs development challenge

Tower Hamlets Borough Council has launched a legal challenge over the communities secretary’s decision to grant planning permission for 1,524 new homes at the Westferry Printworks site on the Isle of Dogs, contrary to the local development plan and the wishes of residents.

Local Government Lawyer

Ruling over development certificate for land lost to Congleton road

The owner of a field that was compulsorily acquired to provide land for the construction of the Congleton Link Road has lost his appeal over the certificate of appropriate alternative development he was given by Cheshire East Council.

Local Government Lawyer

‘Mea culpa’ from Vermilion after illegal gas project site investigations

Energy company Vermilion E&P, current operator of the Corrib gas field, has apologised for illegal entries on to local land for site investigations by Shell, its predecessor – after 13 years of court proceedings.

Irish Independent