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Legal briefs: Irish state strategy on climate change under fire

Words: Roger Milne
Courtroom Gavel - legal changes that affect planners

A round-up of legal news: 21 October-27 October, 2017

Irish state strategy on climate change under fire

Green group Friends of the Irish Environment has challenged the Irish government’s climate change strategy in court, calling it flawed, unconstitutional and in breach of human rights law.

Irish Times

Heritage site hotel ruled legal

A Scottish judge has ruled that Edinburgh City Council acted legally when approving a hotel at a world heritage site in the capital’s old town. 

The Scotsman

Challenge over national park hotel scheme

A planning court judge has allowed a legal challenge over the South Downs National Park Authority’s grant of planning permission for the conversion of grade II listed property in Madehurst into a 28-bedroom hotel.

Local Government Lawyer

NE Scotland councils lose case over transport contributions

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council over developer contributions for transport improvements contested by a company involve with new town proposals.

Scottish Construction Now

Council wins legal battle over Fife opencast site’s restoration 

Fife Council has secured over £3.1 million from the Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance company to restore the former Blair House opencast coal site near Oakley, having settled its lengthy legal battle with the insurer out of court.

Fife Council

Merseyside council challenges Liverpool Port access project

Councillor Ian Maher, leader of Sefton Borough Council, has announced the local authority is to challenge Highways England over proposals for dualling the A5036 through Rimrose Valley at a cost of around £200 million to improve access to the Port of Liverpool.

Sefton Borough Council

Haringey development vehicle case in court

The High Court has begun hearing a judicial review challenge to the London Borough of Haringey’s decision to establish the Haringey Development Vehicle, said to be the largest local authority development vehicle of its kind.

Local Government Lawyer

Bovis Homes fined for not complying with planning conditions

Property giant Bovis Homes has been handed a court bill of more than £4,000 for failing to comply with planning conditions while building a development in Newport.

Shropshire Star