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Legal briefs: Court of Appeal bid to overturn permission for Suffolk school rejected; Consultancy conflict of interest case over Dublin development

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 12 September –18 September 2020

Court of Appeal bid to overturn permission for Suffolk school rejected

The Court of Appeal has rejected a bid to quash planning permission to build a primary school near a United States Air Force (USAF) base despite concerns about the effects of aircraft noise on pupils.

The Planner

Consultancy conflict of interest case over Dublin development

A consultancy firm retained to help to prepare a report supporting a developer’s successful bid for planning permission for a major development of more than 1,000 flats on the outskirts of Dublin has provided another report to a company appealing against the permission, it has been claimed at the High Court.

Irish Times

Call for evidence as judicial review effectiveness is reviewed

The Independent Review of Administrative Law has issued a call for evidence “on how well or effectively judicial review balances the legitimate interest in citizens being able to challenge the lawfulness of executive action with the role of the executive in carrying on the business of government, both locally and centrally”. The IRAL panel is chaired by former minister Lord Faulks QC and includes academics and leading administrative law barristers.

Local Government Lawyer

Suffolk CC sees off challenge over consent for Lakenheath school

The Court of Appeal has rejected a bid for a judicial review of Suffolk County Council’s decision to give itself planning consent for a new primary school in Lakenheath near an RAF base used by the USAF.

Local Government Lawyer

Clarification over scope of EU EIA regs and Irish solar farms

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government has written to Irish planning authorities drawing their attention to two recent High Court judgments which clarify the scope of EU EIA regulations in respect of solar farm projects. This follows JR proceedings involving An Bord Pleanála and decisions on schemes made by Wicklow and Cork county councils.

Irish Planning Institute