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09/10/2020

Legal briefs: East Suffolk council sees off Sizewell challenge; Judgment in Holocaust Memorial case

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 3 October-9 October, 2020

East Suffolk council sees off Sizewell challenge

East Suffolk Council has successfully defended its decision to grant EDF Energy planning permission to provide relocated facilities for its Sizewell B power station in order to free up parts of the site for the proposed Sizewell C project. An application for a development consent order for this was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in May.

Local Government Lawyer

Judgment in Holocaust Memorial case

The UK has properly transposed into English law the requirements for independence and objectivity in the discharge by a “competent authority” of its duties regarding environmental impact assessment of its own projects, a Planning Court judge has ruled. The ruling came following a case relating to the planning application for the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre earmarked for a site in the Victoria Tower Gardens, London, which the local planning authority Westminster City Council was minded to refuse. The application has been called in by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Local Government Lawyer

Dublin Council acts over demolition

Dublin City Council is taking legal action over the recent demolition of a property in Ballsbridge, Dublin, which was the former home of The O’Rahilly, the only leader to have been killed fighting during the 1916 Rising. An Bord Pleanála has given developer Derryroe Ltd permission to redevelop the site with 105 flats despite objections from Dublin city councillors, residents, 1916 relatives and the O’Rahilly’s grandson Proinsias Ó Rathaille.

Irish Times

Dublin dockland height ruling

A company run by developer Johnny Ronan has lost its appeal disputing Dublin City Council’s legal interpretation of building height guidelines applicable for the Salesforce Tower in the North Lotts/Grand Canal strategic development zone of the north Dublin docklands.

Irish Times

Mendip neighbourhood plan green space ruling

The Court of Appeal has ruled that each of 10 areas was lawfully designated as a local green space in a neighbourhood plan by Mendip District Council but a policy which applied to them once designated was not consistent with national planning policies for managing development within the green belt.

Local Government Lawyer

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