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Legal briefs: High Court ruling helps council protect green belt

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

A round-up of legal news: 20 February-27 February, 2017

High Court ruling helps council protect green belt

A High Court judge has granted Wokingham Borough Council’s injunction against a Berkshire garden centre’s unlawful use of green belt land in what the council described as “a complicated and challenging planning and legal dispute”.

Wokingham Borough Council

Appeal judges quash football stadium permission over failure to give reasons 

The Court of Appeal has quashed South Cambridgeshire District Council’s grant of planning permission for a new football stadium at Sawston over the failure of its planning committee to give reasons for its decision.

Local Government Lawyer

Campaigners crowdfund £9k ahead of launch of car parking judicial review 

Hertfordshire campaigners have raised more than £9,000 through crowdfunding as they prepare to mount a High Court challenge to Dacorum Borough Council’s grant of planning permission for a multistorey car park in Berkhamsted.

Local Government Lawyer

A6 Londonderry road upgrade worst possible route, court told

Planners could not have picked a worse route for a dual carriageway near a protected wetland in Northern Ireland, a court has been told as the legal case over proposals to dual the A6 at Toome opened. The proposed road is close to Lough Beg, a protected habitat for migratory birds including overwintering swans.

BBC News

Man fined for destroying protected land at Slieve Gullion

A man has been fined for destroying 12 hectares of priority habitat within an environmentally protected zone at Slieve Gullion, County Armagh. Slieve Gullion is one of the largest expanses of European dry heath in Northern Ireland.

BBC News

Land owners granted right to challenge interconnector

A group representing about 190 landowners affected by the planned North-South electricity interconnector has secured leave from the High Court to challenge An Bord Pleanála’s permission for the project. The public inquiry into the Northern Ireland section of the scheme started this week.

Irish Times

Council to set up QC-led inquiry into controversial compulsory purchase order

The London Borough of Lewisham has unanimously agreed to set up an independent inquiry led by a QC to examine matters relating to a controversial proposed compulsory purchase order for land near Millwall Football Club’s stadium.

Local Government Lawyer