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Legal briefs: Jenrick admits Isle of Dogs decision was 'unlawful'; Clare fisherman scotches Co Mayo cable scheme

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 23 May-29 May, 2020

Jenrick admits Isle of Dogs decision was “unlawful”

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has accepted that he approved a £1 billion housing development in east London unlawfully, after Tower Hamlets took legal action over the decision, which appeared to show "apparent bias" towards the appellant and one-time Conservative donor Richard Desmond. The application was approved 24 hours before CIL charges that would have cost £40 million were imposed.

The Planner

Clare Island fisherman scotches Co Mayo cable scheme

A Clare Island fisherman has won the first leg of his High Court battle over the laying of fibre optic cable off the Mayo coast after a minister agreed to quash the foreshore licence approved for the scheme, the Irish spur of a transatlantic cable system connecting northern Europe and the US, which involves a consortium of IT companies including internet giants Facebook and Google.

Irish Times

GAA club challenges Co Armagh paying field blueprint

Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is facing legal action over claims its consultation with a GAA club over the local authority’s playing field strategy was flawed.

Irish News