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Legal briefs: Hillingdon loses HS2 challenge; Basildon tree damage triggers £60K fine

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 4 January-10 January 2020

Hillingdon loses HS2 challenge

The London Borough of Hillingdon has lost a judicial review challenge relating to a decision by government ministers to allow HS2's appeal over the council’s refusal to approve the creation of an ecological mitigation area in the Colne Valley regional park.

Local Government Lawyer

Basildon tree damage triggers £60K fine

A homeowner who damaged a 90-year-old mature cedar tree in a Basildon conservation area so badly that it had to be felled has been fined more than £60,000, following a criminal prosecution by Chelmsford City Council.

Local Government Lawyer

Southwark sees off Elephant and Castle challenge

The High Court has rejected a legal challenge to Southwark Council’s granting of planning permission for a major redevelopment of a large site that includes the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre.

Local Government Lawyer

County Down turbine troubles revealed

The NI government department responsible for heritage sites did not go to court over a controversial planning decision concerning a wind turbine at an ancient monument at Knock Iveagh because its grounds for an injunction had been “fatally undermined” by previous decisions at the site, an FOI request has revealed.

BBC News

Council defends Bishop’s Stortford planning stance

East Hertfordshire District Council has successfully defended granting itself permission for a multistorey car park and other development on land in a Bishop’s Stortford conservation area. It had previously lost an earlier judicial review challenge over a similar development.

Local Government Lawyer

Sizewell judicial review looms

East Suffolk Council has been threatened with a judicial review of its decision to grant permission for development at the Sizewell nuclear power site.

Local Government Lawyer

Shrewsbury land ruling

A High Court judge has ruled that Shropshire Council failed to take reasonable steps to acquaint itself with the history and legal status of land off a recreation ground when it granted planning permission for a development of 15 dwellings in Shrewsbury.

Local Government Lawyer

Cherrywood consent quashed

The High Court has quashed planning permission for a development of 367 houses in Cherrywood, south Dublin, forcing Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to reconsider the proposals in line with the court’s findings.

Irish Times

Police called in over Newport Bronze Age burial mound damage

Police are investigating “appalling damage” at a Bronze Age burial mound at Wentwood, near Newport in south-east Wales. A prosecution may follow. 

BBC News

LGA updates officer and councillor guidance

The Local Government Association has issued an updated version of Probity in Planning, its guidance for officers and councillors.

Local Government Lawyer