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Legal briefs: Campaigner loses legal bid to prevent Lancashire fracking; Appeal court ruling on ministerial decisions

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 6 October-12 October, 2018

Campaigner loses legal bid to prevent Lancashire fracking

Campaigner Bob Dennett has lost his last-minute legal challenge to stop Cuadrilla fracking at its Preston New Road shale gas exploration site in Lancashire.

The Planner

Appeal court ruling on ministerial decisions

Ministers must follow published government policy and give reasons for call-in decisions on planning applications – including where the decision is not to call in, the Court of Appeal has ruled in a case involving the controversial 'Paddington Cube' development in West London.

Local Government Lawyer

Essex port village green status upheld

The Court of Appeal has upheld Essex County Council’s decision to register land that is part of the Port of Mistley as a town or village green.

Local Government Lawyer

Judge backs police decision over Oxfordshire golf course row

The High Court has dismissed a challenge to a decision by Thames Valley Police that, regarding the conduct of Oxfordshire County Council, there was insufficient evidence to meet the Crown Prosecution Service’s threshold to justify criminal proceedings against the planning authority in a case involving the owners of a golf course and a dispute over land near the facility.

Local Government Lawyer

Irish road construction company challenged over environmental and planning approvals

A leading Irish road construction materials supplier has claimed a rival was operating a plant without the required air emission and planning approvals, the High Court has heard. 

Irish Independent

Thurrock Council moots JR over Lower Thames Crossing project 

The leader of Thurrock Council is seeking the backing of fellow councillors for a judicial review of Highway England’s planned Lower Thames Crossing, a scheme that would involve the creation of a new motorway connecting Kent, Thurrock and Essex through a tunnel beneath the River Thames.

Local Government Lawyer

Court rules that supporting plans needn’t be professionally drawn

A plan in support of an application need not be professionally drawn, a judge has ruled in dismissing a legal challenge to the grant of planning permission for the expansion of a gypsy site near Bodenham in Hertfordshire challenged by the local parish council.

Local Government Lawyer

Nottingham City Council loses Supreme Court HMO test case  

Nottingham City Council has lost a Supreme Court case over whether it was right to prohibit the use of two attics as bedrooms in a long-running action involving two houses in multiple occupation.

Local Government Lawyer