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06/07/2018

Legal briefs: Bord admits it bungled fast-track Dublin homes approval; Essex council sees off local plan challenge

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 30 June-6 July, 2018

Bord admits it bungled fast-track Dublin homes approval

A controversial decision to approve 536 new homes near St Anne's Park, Dublin was made in error, An Bord Pleanála has admitted in court, before announcing it would agree an order quashing the planning permission made under the new fast-track planning regime for major residential schemes.

Irish Times

Essex council sees off local plan challenge

A Planning Court judge has dismissed a developer’s legal challenge to Epping Forest District Council’s decision to approve its local plan and submit the blueprint for independent examination.

Local Government Lawyer

Northumberland council in court over garden village project

A property developer has launched legal proceedings against Northumberland County Council, its leader councillor Peter Jackson, councillor John Riddle, and its chief executive Daljit Lally over the handling of its planning application for a proposed garden village.

Local Government Lawyer

Derry fishing facility heads to court

An environmental campaigner has won High Court permission to challenge plans for a new fishing tourism facility near Derry. 

Belfast Telegraph

North-south interconnector back in court

The Irish Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal over An Bord Pleanála’s grant of permission for the planned 138 kilometre north-south electricity interconnector.

Irish Times

Landmark ruling over Japanese knotweed poser in Maesteg

Network Rail has lost a landmark legal battle against paying damages to neighbours in Maesteg after Japanese knotweed spread from an embankment to their properties.

Wales Online

Galway residents dispute waste scheme permit

A group of County Galway residents has brought a High Court challenge to a decision to issue a waste facility permit for a facility close to their homes at Pollboy, Ballinasloe. 

Irish Independent

Stormont faces wider A5 legal fight 

A Stormont department is to face a widened legal challenge over its approval for the A5 Western Transport Corridor scheme, Northern Ireland's biggest roads project, a High Court judge has confirmed.

Belfast Telegraph

Kent councils go to court over road project spending

Maidstone Borough Council has launched a judicial review challenge over Kent County Council’s decision to use £200,000 that the borough insists was intended for road mitigation works for a feasibility study into a bypass, it has been reported.

Local Government Lawyer

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