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Legal briefs: Ealing defeats latest challenge to siting of QPR training ground

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 10th-17th March 2017

Ealing defeats latest challenge to siting of QPR training ground

The London Borough of Ealing has successfully defended its decision-making in the latest round of litigation over the proposed siting of training facilities for football club Queen’s Park Rangers on metropolitan open land.

Local Government Lawyer

High Court hears challenge to government decision allowing fracking

The High Court in Manchester has heard a case brought by a local group against the government’s decision to allow fracking in Fylde, Lancashire.

Local Government Lawyer

Judge rules campaigners did not have standing to bring procurement challenge

Waverley Borough Council has persuaded a High Court judge that a group of councillors and residents did not have standing to bring a judicial review claim that a contract with a developer for a regeneration scheme in Farnham, Surrey, had been varied in breach of procurement law.

Local Government Lawyer

Borough council loses Court of Appeal case amid fears of ‘garden-grabbing’

Dartford Borough Council has lost an appeal over whether a site in the green belt should be considered ‘previously developed land’ amid fears that the ruling could lead to more “garden-grabbing”.

Local Government Lawyer

Court approves Dumfries learning hub application

A court has ruled plans to create a learning hub on common good land in Dumfries can go ahead. Dumfries and Galloway Council had to apply to allow the use of the land at the King George V sports complex.

BBC News South Scotland

Council defeats challenge to permission for extension of quarry in green belt

North Yorkshire County Council has seen off a legal challenge by brewery Samuel Smith over planning permission for a quarry in a green belt location. The brewery draws water from an aquifer beneath the quarry site.

Local Government Lawyer

EU court to decide issues in Co Laois wind farm row

An Irish High Court judge is to ask the Court of Justice of the EU to decide issues concerning Coillte’s environmental responsibilities in relation to grid connection works for a wind farm in County Laois. The issues centre on whether mitigation measures should be considered at the screening stage of a development.

Irish Times