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Legal briefs: Heritage body in court over ancient tree ‘poisonings’; Colum Sands nursing home challenge fails

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 13 October-19 October, 2018

Heritage body in court over ancient tree ‘poisonings’

Scottish Natural Heritage is being sued by Luss Estates for more than £150,000 for “deliberately poisoning and killing hundreds of ancient beech trees” at a well-known Loch Lomond beauty spot. 

The National

Colum Sands nursing home challenge fails

Folk singer Colum Sands has lost his legal challenge to Newry, Mourne and Down District Council's approval for a new nursing home on the shores of Carlingford Lough.

Belfast Telegraph

Smart Planning successfully appeals obstruction conviction

Consultancy Smart Planning has successfully appealed a conviction and fine for wilfully obstructing planning officials from Brentwood Borough Council during a site visit organised as part of an investigation that unauthorised works were being undertaken at a property in Ingatestone.

Local Government Lawyer

Second JR over Kent AONB holiday park

Folkestone & Hythe District Council (formerly Shepway District Council) faces its second judicial review in a year in a planning dispute over a proposed holiday park on a 5.5-hectare site at Little Densole Farm, which is within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and locally designated as a special landscape area.

Local Government Lawyer

Authority criticised over inconclusive legal basis for planning enforcement charges

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised North York Moors National Park Authority for the way it adopted a policy – now ditched – to charge residents for planning enforcement action, saying the move was based on an “inconclusive legal opinion”.

Local Government Lawyer