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Legal briefs: Court sides with campaigners over ‘unlawful’ Heathrow expansion; Brent landlord cops £190,000 confiscation order

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 22 February-28 February, 2020

Court sides with campaigners over ‘unlawful’ Heathrow expansion

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the Airports National Policy Statement was unlawful because it failed to take into account the government’s commitment to provisions in the Paris agreement on climate change – ratified by the UK in November 2016.

The Planner

Council acts over illegal waste at brickworks site

The High Court has granted Calderdale Council’s application for an injunction against people operating an illegal waste site at the former Calder Brickworks in Elland.

The Planner

Brent landlord cops £190,000 confiscation order

Brent Council has secured a £190,000 confiscation order against a landlord over a north-west London property converted into two flats without planning permission and rented out over a nine-year period.

Local Government Lawyer

Attenborough mural in Dublin in court

Dublin City Council has taken legal action over two prominent street murals – including one celebrating the life of David Attenborough. The murals, by artist collective Subset, were allegedly permitted by residents who did not have permission from the council’s planning department.

Irish Times

Sainsbury’s loses challenge over Tower Hamlets redevelopment refusal

Retailer Sainsbury's has failed to persuade the High Court to overturn the rejection of a planned redevelopment in East London. The London Borough of Tower Hamlets had opposed the development, which involved a replacement store, retail, office and community space and 471 homes in eight blocks.

Local Government Lawyer

Salop flats open space challenge

A High Court judge has granted permission for a planning judicial review challenge in part over an alleged breach of the public sector equality duty. The case involved Shropshire Council’s decision to approve a sheltered flats complex that did not comply with the local plan’s open space requirements. 

Local Government Lawyer

Borth zoo enforcement case

The owners of a Borth zoo will appear in court next month to appeal against an enforcement notice served by Ceredigion County Council over a firearms team condition.

Cambrian News

Inverness high hedge ruling

An Inverness couple is celebrating following a 19-year battle with a neighbour over the chopping down of 22-metre high trees towering over their home – after the overgrowth was legally deemed a “high hedge” as both the Highlands Council and a Scottish planning reporter had earlier argued.

Press & Journal

Successful Appeal Court challenge over Old Colwyn open space

The Court of Appeal has reinstated an appeal decision of a planning inspector dealing with open space policy following a successful appeal by Welsh ministers after Conwy County Borough Council refused planning permission for between 80 and 100 houses on land at Plas Gwilym Quarry, Old Colwyn.

Landmark Chambers