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Legal briefs: Housing challenge, lorry park

Words: Roger Milne
Gavel and scales

A round-up of legal news this week: 26 August - 1 September

High Court challenge to Stafford Borough's Local Plan

A developer has lodged a High Court challenge to Stafford Borough’s Local Plan, arguing there will be a housing shortage. Cheshire-based Gladman Developments, which wants to build 115 homes in Hixon, is challenging the strategy in a move fiercely contested by the council.

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Row over planning permission for lorry park near SSSI heads to Supreme Court

A dispute over the consent for a lorry park and barley silos granted by North Norfolk District Council for the Crisp Maltings site at Ryburgh by the River Wensum is to be heard by the Supreme Court. At issue is the risk of pollutants affecting a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation.

Approval for Invergordon waste incinerator quashed

A decision to approve plans for a controversial £43 million waste incinerator in Invergordon has been quashed following a legal challenge. Combined Power and Heat (Highlands) was given the go-ahead in November 2012 following a public inquiry. Highland Council and former Harrods boss Mohamed Al Fayed's Ross Estates challenged the decision.

Judges have now ruled that the inquiry must be re-opened, but only to reconsider the issue of what waste is handled by the plant.