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Legal briefs: Bruntingthorpe airfield allowed to stay, protesters victorious in wind farm legal fight

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 7 March-13 March, 2015

Court of Appeal allows vehicles to continue training on Bruntingthorpe airfield

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a legal challenge over the noise caused by vehicles using a test track at a former Second World War airfield at Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire. It was the subject of a temporary planning permission granted by the communities secretary. The airfield is a 250-hectare site with a wide two mile-long runway. It has a long history of consented use as a test ground for motor vehicles, including some of the UK’s most famous and specialist marques.

The Lawyer

Protesters win legal fight to stop wind turbine in Northants village

Protesters have won a High Court battle to stop a wind turbine being erected in a Northamptonshire village. Deputy Judge John Howell QC ruled that the project earmarked for Poplars Farm in Wappenham should be blocked because the contribution it would make to fighting climate change did not outweigh the damage it would do to the landscape and the setting of nearby listed buildings.

Northampton Chronicle

Wiltshire solar park faces axe following High Court ruling

A judge has quashed planning permission for a solar farm currently operational in Wiltshire after concluding that the planning authority, Wiltshire Council, had failed in its duty to preserve the setting of listed buildings. He criticised what he called a “flawed” environmental assessment.

Solar Power Portal

Welsh Government ‘broke European law’ in backing controversial M4 route, High Court is told

The Welsh Government ‘broke European law’ in backing controversial M4 relief route proposed near Newport, the High Court in Cardiff is told as Friends of the Earth opens its legal case against the decision of business minister Edwina Hart.

Wales Online