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Legal briefs: Bristol village green ruling; Harpenden free school fracas

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 5 May-11 May, 2018

Bristol village green decision quashed

A High Court judge has upheld a legal challenge by a school in Bristol and indicated that he will quash a council committee’s decision to register land as a village green.

Local Government Lawyer

Harpenden free school fracas

A group opposed to a planned secondary free school in Harpenden has said it will take Hertfordshire County Council to judicial review over its decision to grant planning consent.

Local Government Lawyer

Belfast office blight goes to court

Approving a new £55 million office development beside inner-city homes in Belfast unlawfully breached residents’ rights to privacy, the High Court has been told.

Belfast Telegraph 

Oxfordshire hydro scheme ruling highlights limits to re-opening permission decisions

The Court of Appeal has refused a parish council to re-open a permission to appeal a decision by South Oxfordshire District Council in a hydro-electric planning case following an oral hearing, after originally refusing permission to appeal in response to a paper application. 


School plan for playing fields at Rugby row

A crowdfunding campaign has raised £3,700 to engage law firm Irwin Mitchell in a dispute over a plan to build a school on playing fields at Rokeby, near Rugby.

Local Government Lawyer

Scottish fracking case under way

A legal challenge by petrochemical giant Ineos and Aberdeen firm ReachCSG over the Scottish Government’s ‘ban’ on fracking has got under way

The Scotsman