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Legal briefs: Islington wins basement enforcement case; UK government all at sea over oil-drilling off Poole

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 19 October-25 October, 2019

Islington wins basement enforcement case

The London Borough of Islington has convinced the High Court to overturn a planning inspector’s ruling that it could not take enforcement action against an estate agent who had turned an office basement into a dwelling without planning permission.

Local Government Lawyer

UK Government all at sea over oil drilling off Poole

A charity devoted to the welfare of seahorses has overturned a UK government decision to allow drilling for oil in the sea near Poole after a High Court case during which the UK energy secretary conceded that the environmental regulations in the relevant legislation were no longer fit for purpose.

Local Government Lawyer

Cheshire council wins battle over developer profits

Cheshire West and Chester Council has won a High Court battle against a consortium of developers over the interpretation of an overage provision in a s106 agreement that required the developers to pay a proportion of their profits to the local authority.

Local Government Lawyer

County Tipperary shopping centre enforcement wrangle

The owner of a shopping centre in County Tipperary has been in court challenging an enforcement notice served by the county council, which the company claims will force it out of business.

Irish Independent

Dublin ‘right to light’ dispute in court

A ‘right to light’ dispute over a proposed seven-storey aparthotel development in Dublin’s south inner city has come before the Commercial Court.

Irish Times