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Legal briefs: High Court rejects Tate Modern neighbours’ privacy challenge; South Gloucestershire loses High Court challenge

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 9 February-15 February, 2019

High Court rejects Tate Modern neighbours’ privacy challenge

The High Court has thrown out a challenge by residents of luxury flats overlooked by Tate Modern who tried to block visitors looking into their homes from the gallery’s viewing platform.

The Planner

South Gloucestershire loses High Court challenge

South Gloucestershire Council has failed in a High Court bid to overturn a planning inspector’s decision to allow an appeal against its refusal of a 350-home scheme.

The Planner

Supreme Court to rule on controversial green belt quarry plan

The Supreme Court is to hear an appeal in a long-running dispute over the visual impacts of a planned quarry extension in the North Yorkshire green belt.

The Planner

Stornoway crofting land ruling blocks new homes

The Scottish Land Court has ruled that 219 hectares of disputed land at Stornoway Airport in Lewis remains in crofting tenure, blocking moves by the airport owner to sell the land for 80 new homes.

BBC News

Portstewart planning talks disclosure move 

A councillor who claims he recorded conversations with officials connected to a legal challenge over a planned £20 million hotel and leisure complex at Portstewart on the north coast is prepared to disclose the material, the High Court has heard. 

Belfast Telegraph

TfL rebuffed over cycle route ruling challenge

The Court of Appeal has refused to grant Transport for London permission to appeal in its dispute with Westminster City Council over the construction of a proposed cycle superhighway crossing the borough.

Local Government Lawyer

Suffolk County Council challenged over Lakenheath school and flight noise 

A parish council has been granted permission to take Suffolk County Council to judicial review over the siting of a proposed school near the air-force base at Lakenheath used by the US.

Local Government Lawyer

Camden Council in hot water over Swiss Cottage construction plan

A local campaign group has threatened to take the London Borough of Camden to judicial review over the construction plan it approved for the redevelopment of a key site next to Swiss Cottage underground station.

Local Government Lawyer

Successful challenge over green space in Richmond local plan

A resident has won a High Court challenge over the removal of so-called Local Green Spaces status for playing fields from the London Borough of Richmond’s local plan.

Local Government Lawyer