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Legal briefs: BBC fined over contempt of Planning Court; New Forest injunction over threatened woodland

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 30 January-5 February, 2021

BBC fined over contempt of Planning Court

The BBC has been fined £28,000 after it committed contempt of court by making a video and audio recording of a half day’s hearing in the Planning Court involving a challenge to Surrey County Council’s approval of UK Oil and Gas operations at a site at Horse Hill, near Horley. A short clip of the court proceedings was shown on BBC South East Today – the BBC’s regional television news programme for the South East of England.

Local Government Lawyer

New Forest injunction over threatened woodland

The New Forest National Park Authority has obtained a High Court injunction to prevent further damage to an area of protected woodland in the National Park south of the A336 at Bartley, which is in a protected conservation area.

Local Government Lawyer

Islington obtains possession order over tree protest at homes site

A High Court judge has granted the London Borough of Islington a possession order for a development site where Extinction Rebellion protesters are occupying a copse scheduled for destruction to make way for a 41-house development (including 25 new council homes).

Local Government Lawyer

Challenge mounted over fast-track co-living scheme in Dublin 15

A local resident has begun proceedings in a bid to overturn fast-track planning permission for a co-living development with 210 bed spaces on the Old Navan Road in Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.

Irish Times

Landmark ruling over Surrey Hills AONB and NPPF

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) allows a council to reject a planning application because of an adverse impact on an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), the Court of Appeal has ruled in a case involving proposals for 29 homes at a site in Haslemere. Most of the site is in the Surrey Hills AONB and the rest is designated an ‘area of great landscape value’. Waverley Borough Council had refused the scheme, a stance supported by a planning inspector following an appeal.

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Powys poultry farm debacle

A local campaign group claims to have forced Powys County Council to reverse planning permission for a huge poultry farm after securing permission for a judicial review of the scheme at Llanshay Farm. The proposal was for two broiler rearing units accommodating 110,000 birds, which Welsh ministers refused to call in. However, the planning authority now accepts it should not have been approved.

Local Government Lawyer

Essex councils row over Colchester development site

Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Council are embroiled in a legal row over a proposed development at the site of the town’s former bus station, which has been earmarked for a scheme including student housing, shops, and a hotel. The wrangle involves a restrictive covenant covering the land.

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