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Legal briefs: Council loses appeal over ‘unlawful’ donation

Words: Roger Milne
Courtroom Gavel - legal changes that affect planners

A round-up of legal news: 30 December, 2017-5 January, 2018

Council loses appeal over ‘unlawful’ donation

The Court of Appeal has rejected appeals by the Forest of Dean District Council and a wind turbine developer over the quashing of a planning permission because the planning committee considered a proposed community donation.

Local Government Lawyer

19 Tory councillors reported amid planning leak row

The Labour Leader of Basildon Council in Essex has reported all 19 members of the Conservative Group to the council’s monitoring officer amid claims of a leak to a journalist of planning committee documents.

Local Government Lawyer

Flooding claims fail to halt 800-home scheme

A bid to prevent the development of more than 800 homes at Newton Mearns in East Renfrewshire because of the risk of flooding has been rejected by the Court of Session.

Scottish Construction Now

Mother wins High Court challenge over hedge

A mother-of-two who was prohibited by planning authorities from planting a hedge around her County Donegal home for the safety of her children has won a High Court challenge against An Bord Pleanála.

Irish Independent

Developer wins injunction to prevent petition promotion

The company behind a stalled multimillion-pound development proposed for a key site in Liverpool has secured a final injunction from the High Court, preventing the city council from presenting or advertising a winding up petition.

Local Government Lawyer

High Court upholds rectory demolition

A High Court judge has upheld a decision by North Norfolk District Council’s development committee to allow the demolition of a rectory in Blakeney and replacement with a modern home.

Local Government Lawyer

Forestry agency information challenge fails

A couple have lost their legal challenge to a refusal by the Commissioner for Environmental Information to insist that Irish forestry agency Coillte must give them information about lands and forestry it has sold.

Irish Times

Council seeks traveller family’s removal

Clare County Council has started legal proceedings to remove a traveller family from a site earmarked for new social housing.

Irish Times

Ownership dispute over Dublin south docks

The hearing into a dispute between companies linked to two well-known developers over the ownership of sections of Dublin’s south docks waterfront district has begun in the Commercial Court.

Irish Times