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Legal briefs: Irish state bang to rights over environmental planning; Oxford-Cambridge Expressway challenge fails

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 6 July-12 July, 2019

Irish state bang to rights over environmental planning

Following a case involving consents for a quarry scheme in County Meath the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee has ruled that Ireland has breached its international obligations over access to information on the environment and must now amend its Planning and Development Act 2000.

Irish Examiner

Oxford-Cambridge Expressway challenge fails

A High Court judge has dismissed a legal challenge to the UK transport secretary’s decision to accept recommendations from Highways England on the choice of a preferred corridor for the proposed new Oxford-to-Cambridge Expressway.

Local Government Lawyer

Fylde neighbourhood plan survives appeal

The Court of Appeal has rejected a developer’s appeal against a High Court judge’s ruling that its claim over the making of a neighbourhood plan by Fylde Borough Council had been brought too late and that permission to apply for judicial review should therefore be refused.

Local Government Lawyer

Bat report blunder sinks Blackrock consent

A judge has quashed An Bord Pleanála’s permission for a 220-home development at Blackrock in County Dublin because the developer failed to publish online a report about bats.

Irish Times

Pagham Parish Council challenge over church threat fails

Pagham Parish Council has failed in a High Court challenge over Arun District Council’s decision to grant outline permission for the development of a site near a medieval grade 1 church.

Local Government Lawyer

County Kildare snail farm refusal overturned

An Bord Pleanála’s refusal of permission for a house and snail farm in County Kildare has been overturned by the High Court.

Irish Times