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Legal briefs: High Court upholds council’s decision to refuse Ocado’s plans for new depot; Insights into UK government JR reform proposals

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 5 June-11 June, 2021

High Court upholds council’s decision to refuse Ocado’s plans for new depot

The High Court has dismissed online supermarket Ocado’s judicial review claim against Islington Council’s refusal for its application for a 24/7 online grocery distribution centre in Tufnell Park.

The Planner

Insights into UK government JR reform proposals

Proposed changes to judicial review in England and Wales proposed by the UK government will have repercussions, some significant, for those seeking to challenge planning policy and planning decisions, according to an assessment of the planned legislation compiled by Pinsent Masons lawyers Kate Brock, Michael Pocock and Austen SmithMinisters are pressing ahead with these measures despite a recent review by Lord Faulks QC, who suggested that judicial review should remain largely unchanged.

Pinsent Masons

Sutherland spaceport consent goes to court

Wildland Ltd, a company owned by billionaires Anders and Anne Holch Povlsen, has been in the Court of Session in Edinburgh this week where it challenged the planning permission for a spaceport in Sutherland near land the Povlsens own. The couple are concerned at the impact of the project on protected areas in the vicinity.

BBC News

Leeds ACV challenge can go ahead

A community group in Leeds has been given permission to challenge the refusal of the city council to register a playing field in Wortley as an asset of community value.

Local Government Lawyer

County Kerry archaeology report failure courts €4,500 fine

Kippagh Developments Ltd has pleaded guilty following summonses brought by Kerry County Council at Killarney District Court over a proposed housing development in an area rich in archaeological remains near the Lissivigeen megalithic stone circle which should have been accompanied by an archaeological report. The County Cork developer was fined a total of €4,500 including costs.

Irish Times

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