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Legal briefs: Key Supreme Court village green ruling; Guildford Local Plan challenge fails

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 7 November-13 December, 2019

Key Supreme court village green ruling

The Supreme Court has by a 3-2 majority allowed separate but related appeals by Lancashire County Council and NHS Property Services over whether statutory incompatibility defeats an application to register land as a town or village green where the land is held by the public authority for statutory purposes.

Local Government Lawyer

Guildford Local Plan challenge fails

A Planning Court judge has rejected challenges brought by two parish councils and a local resident over releases of green belt land and the adoption of Guildford Borough Council’s Local Plan.

Local Government Lawyer

Sevenoaks successful in hostel enforcement trial

Woolwich Crown Court has fined the owners of a hostel in Swanley £14,000 for failing to comply with two planning enforcement notices.

The Planner

Development affecting Kent ancient monument off to court

A High Court judge has granted campaigners permission to bring a judicial review challenge over Folkestone and Hythe District Council’s decision to grant planning permission for a major development on land adjacent to the Royal Military Canal, a scheduled ancient monument built as a defensive measure during the Napoleonic wars.

Local Government Lawyer

Edinburgh concert hall consent challenge

Proposals to build the first new concert hall in Edinburgh in more than 100 years have been paused as the developers behind the £45 million project explore other sites now the developer of the next door St James Centre has gone to court challenging the city council’s planning permission for the project.

Edinburgh Evening News

Court finds nuns development in west Cork was illegal

Two Carmelite nuns will have to find a new hermitage after their Mother Superior was found guilty at Skibbereen District Court of breaching planning laws following the wholly unauthorised development of a chapel-like building and several small, single-storey accommodation pods on land at Corran South near Leap, west Cork. 

Irish Independent

Court overturns wind farm approval

The Irish Supreme Court has overturned An Bord Pleanála’s approval for a 42-megawatt wind farm in County Cork after finding it erred in failing to consider submissions from a couple who run a local horticultural business over the noise impact of wind turbines.

Irish Times