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Legal briefs: High court rules UK government plans to tackle air pollution are illegal

Words: Roger Milne
Courtroom Gavel - legal changes that affect planners

A round-up of legal news: 29 October-4 November, 2016

High court rules UK Government plans to tackle air pollution are illegal  

The government’s plan for tackling the UK’s air pollution crisis has been judged illegally poor at the High Court, marking the second time in 18 months that ministers have lost in court on the issue.

The Guardian and Local Government Lawyer

Four-year battle over allotments ends after judge rejects challenge to appropriation

A four-year battle over the fate of allotments in Watford looks to have come to an end, after a judge rejected the latest legal challenge to the communities secretary’s grant of consent for appropriation of the land.

Local Government Lawyer

Developer fails in High Court challenge to neighbourhood plan  

A developer has lost a court challenge over Leeds City Council's decision to allow a neighbourhood plan to go to a local referendum.

Local Government Lawyer

Council defeats High Court challenge to registration of 14 acres as village green  

Oxfordshire County Council has successfully defended in the High Court its decision to register 14 acres in Faringdon as a town and village green (TVG).

Local Government Lawyer

Cinema operator launches judicial review against council over stadium project  

A £44 million stadium development in York that includes proposals for a multi-screen cinema faces delay due to a judicial review brought by a rival cinema operator Vue.

Local Government Lawyer

Court puts demolition of estate on hold until hearing of judicial review  

Residents fighting the proposed demolition of the Cressingham Gardens estate in Lambeth have won a court order preventing its demolition pending the hearing of a judicial review.

Local Government Lawyer

High Court success for Shropshire Council in defending local plan challenge

A government planning inspector will have to reconsider plans to create 68 homes in Ellesmere following a High Court ruling.

Shropshire Council