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Legal briefs: Hackney ruling highlights disclosure issues; Fast-track Dublin 15 scheme consent quashed

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 27 June-3 July, 2020

Hackney ruling highlights disclosure issues

Local planning authorities in England must disclose background papers relevant to the decisions they make on planning applications other than in “exceptional circumstances”, the High Court in London has ruled, after a successful legal challenge over the grant of planning permission by the London Borough of Hackney for the redevelopment of a photography studio site in London.

Pinsent Masons

Fast-track Dublin 15 scheme consent quashed

The High Court has quashed An Bord Pleanála’s fast-track permission for Bartra Capital’s 200-bedroom co-living development in Castleknock, Dublin 15. The planning agency’s own inspector had recommended refusal.

Irish Times

HS2 rail project heads back to court

The Court of Appeal has agreed to hear broadcaster Chris Packham’s appeal regarding an application for permission for judicial review of the PM’s decision to proceed with the HS2 railway project.

Local Government Lawyer

Leixlip Intel plant case fast-tracked

A farmer’s challenge to An Bord Pleanála’s approval for Intel Ireland’s €3.76 billion expansion of its Leixlip plant in County Kildare is to be fast-tracked in the Commercial Court.

Irish Times

Shannon LNG terminal challenge goes to court

An Irish environmental group has claimed in the High Court that the European Commission was incorrect in approving the inclusion of the controversial €500 million Shannon LNG terminal and pipe line on a list of so-called EU Projects of Common Interest. Such schemes were entitled to priority treatment for approval by member governments.

Irish Times

ABP refused permission to reconsider Goatstown scheme

A judge has ruled that An Bord Pleanála cannot reconsider a “fatally flawed” application for 134 homes on part of a former school site in Goatstown, south Dublin, which was quashed by the High Court.

Irish Times