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Legal briefs: Drax dispute goes to court; Irish state development plan challenge fails

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 25th April-1st May, 2020

Drax dispute goes to court

The charity Clientearth has begun its challenge over the government's decision to approve Drax Power’s plans for a huge new gas plant in North Yorkshire, despite the Planning Inspectorate recommending that the project should not be granted a DCO because of climate change policy issues. The case is being dealt with at a remote videoconferencing hearing in the Planning Court.


Irish state development plan challenge fails

A judge in the Irish High Court has refused a bid by Friends of the Irish Environment to overturn the government’s €116 billion Project Ireland 2040 development plan because of alleged lack of proper environmental assessments and failure to properly address climate change.

Irish Times

Kildare housing scheme on hold over EU directive issue

Fast-track proposals for a development of 366 new homes in Clane, County Kildare, are on hold after a High Court judge referred an issue over a Brussels directive to the Court of Justice of the EU.

Irish Times

Peat planning ruling

Green group Friends of the Irish Environment has lost its Supreme Court appeal over An Bord Pleanála’s refusal to decide whether peat extraction works involving some 166 hectares in County Westmeath require planning permission.

Irish Times

Moscow wind farm water appeal fails

Green generator Community Windpower Ltd, held to be in breach of planning controls designed to protect private water supplies at its onshore wind farm site at Moscow, East Ayrshire, has had its appeals to the Inner House of the Court of Session dismissed.

Scottish Construction Now