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Legal briefs: High Court throws out challenge to Ashford’s local plan; London mayor in court over Kensington hotel

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 12 October-18 October, 2019

High Court throws out challenge to Ashford’s local plan

The High Court has rejected a challenge to Ashford Borough Council’s local plan in a dispute over use of a site.

The Planner

London mayor in court over Kensington hotel

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea has been given permission to bring a legal challenge over Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s approval of a major hotel redevelopment in Kensington.

Local Government Lawyer

Heathrow decision back in court

Fresh legal challenges by environmental NGOs, councils and the Mayor of London over the construction of a third runway at Heathrow are being heard at the Appeal Court in a case which is set to last until 22 October. Involved are Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and WWF, as well as Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon,  Richmond upon Thames, Wandsworth and Windsor and Maidenhead councils.

The Guardian

Secretary of state’s letter ‘something of a muddle’

The promoter of a 1,200-home urban extension in Warrington has convinced the High Court that a decision letter from the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government was so muddled that a planning inspector’s recommended refusal of planning permission should be overturned.

Local Government Lawyer

Cycling café enforcement row hots up in Hurley

Law firm Leigh Day has warned that an injunction sought by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead could lead to imprisonment for a café owner in the village of Warren Row near Hurley if cyclists meet at his premises, which have been at the centre of an enforcement wrangle.

Local Government Lawyer

Dalkey harbour wrangle

A community group has launched a High Court challenge to overturn An Bord Pleanála’s permission for a development at Bullock Harbour in Dalkey, County Dublin.

Irish Times

£420,000 fines after illegal felling of trees in Swansea

A Swansea property developer, his firm and his tree contractor have been fined a total of £420,000 for ordering the destruction of a 176-year-old giant redwood, one of 70 protected trees felled to make way for a housing development.

BBC News

Rottingdean JR thrown out by High Court

The High Court has thrown out a judicial review brought by a conservation group in Rottingdean over a plan approved by Brighton & Hove City Council for the redevelopment of a former school that included listed buildings.

Local Government Lawyer

Toon town housing scheme challenge

Newcastle City Council faces a legal challenge over the latest phase of a long-term housing development if a campaign group can raise the funds to contest the further development of the Newcastle Great Park project, a scheme involving proposals for 1,200 new homes and two schools. 

Local Government Lawyer

Snowdonia development runs out of time

A developer cannot rely on a 52-year-old planning permission now physically incapable of completion, a High Court judge has ruled in a case involving a site in Snowdonia National Park originally approved by the former Merioneth County Council for hundreds of new homes.

Local Government Lawyer

Landowner loses public rights of way challenge in Cumbria

The Court of Appeal has rejected a case brought by a landowner against Cumbria County Council over the designation of public rights of way.

Local Government Lawyer