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Legal briefs: Impersonation twist over £4m Ealing conversion penalty; Haringey development vehicle challenge fails

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 3 February-9 February, 2018

Impersonation twist over £4m Ealing conversion penalty

The Court of Appeal has rejected a claim that a fine and a £4 million proceeds of crime order should be overturned following a planning case involving an illegally converted property in Ealing, west London, because the defendant was impersonated in the magistrates’ court.

Local Government Lawyer

Haringey development vehicle challenge fails

A High Court judge has dismissed a judicial review challenge to the lawfulness of the procedures adopted by the London Borough of Haringey for the establishment of a controversial development vehicle with developer Lendlease Europe.

Local Government Lawyer

Dorset council office dispute settled

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and a developer have settled a legal dispute over the fate of the local authority’s former council offices, after the council lost a planning appeal over the site last month.

Local Government Lawyer

Scots Tories want dedicated environmental court

The Scottish Conservatives are urging the establishment of an environmental court north of the border which would allow communities to contest government decisions on major windfarm applications and quickly resolve issues like pollution of rivers and the wider countryside.

Scottish Conservatives

Dublin stadium access route plan challenged

Four owners of properties near Dublin’s Croke Park stadium are challenging the go-ahead for a new route to and from the stadium which they say will adversely affect their buildings in Ardilaun Square and Sackville Gardens.

Irish Times

Peat harvesting companies lose exemption case

Two peat harvesting companies have lost their challenges to decisions by An Bord Pleanála that their activities are no longer exempt development following a query raised by Friends of the Irish Environment. 

Irish Times

Lewis wind farm battle goes to court

Energy companies EDF and the Wood Group have applied to the Scottish land court in a bid to force through a 36-turbine wind farm on an area of common grazing close to Stornoway on Lewis, a move that is being contested by hundreds of crofters. 

The Guardian