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Legal briefs: High Court success for Wirral hotelier; Carmarthenshire blogger libel payments eased

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 24 March-30 March, 2018

High Court success for Wirral hotelier

Thornton Hall Hotel has won a High Court case against Wirral Council and Thornton Holdings that sees planning permission for a marquee development in the green belt quashed.

The Planner

Planning and environmental specialist joins Birketts

Law firm Birketts has appointed Steven Bell senior associate. Ball has experience with private practice, drafting Section 106 agreements, judicial review of planning decisions, and public rights of way.

Planner Jobs

Carmarthenshire blogger libel payments eased

A blogger whose posts were often critical of planning issues and who is paying £25,000 in libel damages to the chief executive of Carmarthenshire Council has been allowed to lower the amount she contributes every month after arguing financial hardship in court.

Wales Online

Moray wind farm sees off challenge 

The owners of Glenfiddich distillery have failed in a legal bid to halt the construction of a 59-turbine wind farm at Dufftown in Moray.

BBC News

Construction contract ruling

The employer under a standard form construction contract is not under an absolute obligation to obtain planning permission or conservation consent before the works can go ahead, the Court of Appeal has ruled.


Norfolk school benefit underplayed by planning inspector

A planning inspector gave insufficient weight to the benefits a school to be provided by a developer would bring to a locality, the High Court has ruled, after a challenge over an appeal decision involving North Norfolk District Council and a housing scheme proposed for the village of Sculthorpe near Fakenham.

Local Government Lawyer