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Legal briefs: Judicial review of UK roads strategy gets green light; ‘Alien’ Sitka planting under fire

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 8 August-14 August, 2020

Judicial review of UK roads strategy gets green light

A campaign group has been granted permission for a judicial review challenge of the UK transport secretary’s decision to proceed with the £27 billion roads programme – known as the Roads Investment Strategy 2.

Local Government Lawyer

‘Alien’ Sitka planting under fire

An Irish environmental protection group has launched a High Court challenge over a decision to allow what it claims is an “alien species” of tree – Sitka – to be planted at a site in County Leitrim.

Irish Times

Leeds site allocations plan to be reconsidered

The High Court has remitted Leeds City Council’s site allocations plan to Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for reconsideration by planning inspectors, despite both the minister and the council opposing this course of action. This move followed a case involving Aireborough Neighbourhood Development Forum and the calculation of green belt site releases for housebuilding.

Local Government Lawyer

Cardiff CPO sees off challenge

A High Court judge has ruled that Cardiff City Council did not breach the Equality Act 2010, when it issued a compulsory purchase order for a house owned by a former council building surveyor, which had been empty since 1994.

Local Government Lawyer

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