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Legal briefs: High Court spurns bid to continue virtual planning meetings; Judicial review for Swansea skateboard project

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 24 April-30 April, 2021

High Court spurns bid to continue virtual planning meetings

A High Court judge has dismissed a legal challenge that sought to continue local authority remote meetings beyond 6 May.

The Planner

Judicial review for Swansea skateboard project

Skateboarders in Swansea will have to be patient after a judicial review was lodged about a new £360,000 skate park project on the seafront. Opponents of the scheme are challenging the decision made by Swansea City Council to transfer land at Llwynderw, West Cross, to Mumbles Community Council for the facility.

Wales Online

Dublin 14 flats refusal heads to court

LDB Developments Ltd has launched High Court proceedings over An Bord Pleanála’s refusal to grant planning permission for a 32-flat proposal in Churchtown, Dublin 14, originally rejected by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

Irish Times

Ruling on next planning steps for north Dublin wastewater project

Irish Water’s application for permission for a €500 million wastewater treatment plant at Clonshaugh, north Dublin, can be reconsidered by An Bord Pleanála from the point when the planning process went wrong, the High Court has ruled. An order simply quashing the board’s November 2019 permission without remittal to the board would set Irish Water back by 16 to 17 months when it did not bear or share responsibility for the board’s mistake in the planning process, ruled Mr Justice Senan Allen.

Irish Times

Ruling on scope of statutory consultation by Norfolk highways authority

Norfolk County Council wrongly took account of the economic benefits of a development proposal when, in its capacity as highways authority, it decided not to object to its impact on a local main road. Mrs Justice Lang made this ruling following the first case to consider the lawful scope of a statutory consultation response under the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015.

Local Government Lawyer

inspector’s decision over Manchester enforcement case quashed

A planning inspector’s decision over conversion of a building in Manchester contained a legal error and must be quashed, the High Court has found following an enforcement appeal involving the change of use of a building formerly used as a dwelling house.

Local Government Lawyer

Appeal Court rejects challenge over Legoland holiday village project

The Court of Appeal has rejected all five grounds argued by an objector to a holiday village project at the Legoland theme park in Windsor which involved, in part, the impact on “veteran trees”.

Local Government Lawyer

High Court backs inspector over Barnet application drawing error

A planning inspector was right to reject an appeal over a building where a drawing error depicted it as lower than its intended height, the High Court has ruled after a case involving the London Borough of Barnet’s refusal of a certificate of lawful use.

Local Government Lawyer

Judge allows tree-felling as part of HS2 project near Wendover

A High Court judge has dismissed as unarguable all the grounds advanced by environmental activist Mark Keir against Natural England’s decision to allow the felling of part of an ancient woodland affected by the HS2 rail project near Wendover in Buckinghamshire.

Local Government Lawyer