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Legal briefs: Hundreds of social homes in Kensington and Chelsea ‘lost through loophole’

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 30 September-6 October, 2017

Hundreds of social homes in Kensington and Chelsea ‘lost through loophole’

More than 700 promised social homes in Kensington and Chelsea have been lost because of a ‘legal loophole’ whereby developers used viability assessments to reduce the number they are required to build, claims Shelter.

Local Government Lawyer

Neighbour launches challenge to €2m Clontarf ‘homeless hub’

A High Court challenge has been brought against Dublin City Council’s plans to turn a former guest house in Clontarf into accommodation for homeless families.

Irish Independent

Funding in place for Aberdeen FC stadium judicial review

A group opposed to Aberdeen Football Club’s bid to build a new £50 million stadium has said it has secured funding for a judicial review in the event of the plans being approved.

BBC Scotland

Supreme Court to consider legal standard on adequacy of reasons in planning

The Supreme Court is due to consider the correct legal standard to be applied in assessing the adequacy of reasons provided by local planning authorities when granting planning permission.

Local Government Lawyer

Developer and borough council in dispute over collapsed property deal

A property developer is suing Weymouth & Portland Borough Council for misrepresentation after the sale of one of the authority’s former offices fell through.

Local Government Lawyer

Council recovers costs of planning officers in judicial review preparations

The High Court has ruled that costs claimed for the time spent by a local authority’s planning officers in assisting with the preparation of evidence for a judicial review can be recovered.

Local Government Lawyer

Bid to halt work at Tyrone goldmine dismissed by court

A High Court judge in Northern Ireland has dismissed a legal bid to stop underground work at a County Tyrone goldmine.

Belfast Telegraph

High Court quashes planning refusal for proposed wind farm

A High Court ruling that quashed a refusal by An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission for a 47-turbine wind farm on the Kildare-Meath border means the scheme must now be reconsidered.

Irish Independent

First High Court challenges to plans for a new €329m runway at Dublin Airport opens

The first of three legal challenges to plans for a new €329 million runway at Dublin Airport has opened at the Irish High Court. 

Irish Independent

Council faces legal action over approval of planning for poultry farm

An action group has begun crowdfunding the costs of mounting a legal challenge to Shropshire Council’s green light for a huge poultry farm near Bridgnorth, intended to house 210,000 chickens.

Local Government Lawyer