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Legal briefs: Council refused permission to appeal on rail freight court dismissal, crowdfunding challenge to permission for waste tip

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

A round-up of legal news: 27 June-3 July, 2015

Council refused permission to appeal on rail freight court dismissal

St Albans City and District Council has been refused leave to appeal the dismissal of its court challenge against the decision of former communities secretary Eric Pickles for a strategic rail freight interchange on a green belt land at Radlett in Hertfordshire.

St Albans City & District Council

Campaigners use crowdfunding to challenge permission for waste tip

Campaigners have been using a crowdfunding website to finance a judicial review of the development consent order granted for the Whitemoss landfill extension scheme in Lancashire.

Local Government Lawyer

Tribunal rejects request for correspondence between solicitor and planning officers

The First-Tier Tribunal has ruled that Aylesbury Vale District Council was entitled to refuse to disclose correspondence passing between one of its solicitors and various members of its planning department about an unauthorised development and its possible demolition.

Local Government Lawyer

Council fails in court challenge over replacement of buildings and green belt

Tandridge District Council has lost a High Court challenge over whether the replacement of a group of buildings by a single building that was not materially larger than those it replaced was capable of falling within an exception in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Local Government Lawyer

Judge rules on future of Gullivers Bowls Club

A woman who has fought for years to block plans to redevelop a bowls club into sheltered flats has failed in her latest legal challenge to the granting of planning permission by Rother District Council.

Bexhill Observer