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Legal briefs: Council challenges inspectorate’s decision for 350 homes; Tree champion named

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 9 June-15 June, 2018

Council challenges inspectorate’s decision for 350 homes

South Gloucestershire Council has announced that it will challenge a planning inspector’s decision to approve 350 homes in Thornbury.

The Planner

Tree champion named

Environment secretary Michael Gove has appointed Sir William Worsley as the government’s ‘Tree Champion’, ahead of the introduction of a new duty on English councils “to properly consult with communities before they cut down trees”.

Local Government Lawyer

Irish power line case on hold

A group of landowners have secured High Court permission to challenge the approval of a £200 million cross-border power line in Ireland, but proceedings have been put on hold until the Court of Appeal determines the legal power of permanent secretaries to take decisions without a functioning executive at Stormont.

Belfast Telegraph

Leamington Spa redevelopment row

A local campaign group has threatened Warwick District Council with a judicial review over a redevelopment plan in Leamington Spa that would provide the council with new offices as well as 44 flats.

Local Government Lawyer

Bath care home consent quashed

The High Court has quashed planning permission for a care home expansion that was granted by Bath and North East Somerset Council despite officers’ objections to the proposal, which involved a listed building in what is a both a conservation area and World Heritage Site.

Local Government Lawyer

Corrib pipeline challenge fails

A long-time campaigner against the Shell Corrib gas project in County Mayo has lost her High Court bid to overturn a ministerial consent for a pipeline bringing gas to a refinery at Ballinaboy.

Irish Times

Virgin goes to court over Durham land access

Virgin Media has begun legal proceedings to reach a court-imposed agreement under the updated Electronic Communications Code (ECC) over a land access wrangle with Durham County Council.

Local Government Lawyer

West Berkshire development deal appeal

The Court of Appeal has been considering a case brought after the High Court dismissed a legal challenge by an unsuccessful bidder over the way West Berkshire Council procured a development partner.

Local Government Lawyer

Gloucestershire incinerator details disclosure move

The Information Commissioner’s Office has ordered Gloucestershire County Council to disclose more commercial details of an incinerator deal, despite accepting that this could damage the interests of both the local authority and developer Urbaser Balfour Beatty.

Local Government Lawyer