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Legal briefs: Lancashire campaigners lose fracking appeal; Chelsea sidestep daylight injunction against £1bn stadium

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 13 January-19 January, 2018

Lancashire campaigners lose fracking appeal

The Court of Appeal has rejected two challenges from campaigners against fracking at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site in Lancashire. 

The Planner

Chelsea sidestep daylight injunction against £1bn stadium

The billion-pound development of Chelsea Football Club's new stadium moved a step closer last week, after Hammersmith and Fulham Council agreed to use its planning powers to sidestep an injunction involving residents who claimed the project would block their daylight. 

BBC News

Key ruling on neighbourhood plan ministerial statement

A High Court judge has thrown out a legal challenge mounted by a large group of housing developers and builders, led by Richborough Estates, over a written ministerial statement issued in December 2016 which changed the criteria for deciding if a neighbourhood plan was out of date.

Irwin Mitchell

Challenge to west London neighbourhood plan fails

A judge has rejected a challenge to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s decision to hold a referendum on a neighbourhood plan which earmarked a potential housing site as a local green space.

Local Government Lawyer

Bromley Council ponders boys school appeal ruling

The London Borough of Bromley has said it has taken legal advice after the dismissal of a planning appeal about a proposed boys’ school and indicated it may revisit the proposal.

Local Government Lawyer

Sevenoaks TPO case ends in fine

The manager of the New Ash Green village centre has been ordered to pay £8,770 for illegally cutting down protected ash trees that gave the village its name following a case brought by Sevenoaks Borough Council over the fate of trees covered by a tree preservation order (TPO).

Sevenoaks Borough Council

Campaigners pursue legal action over children’s centre

A campaign group has threatened legal action over Hambleton District Council’s approval of the conversion of North Yorkshire’s former police headquarters – a grade II listed building near Northallerton – into a children’s activity holiday centre.

Local Government Lawyer

Bord loses case over Wicklow homes refusal

An Bord Pleanála must reconsider its decision to refuse two brothers permission to build homes on land in County Wicklow gifted to them by their father after they won a legal challenge over the planning agency’s stance. 

Irish Times

Basildon data breach penalty halved

The First-tier Tribunal has halved the monetary penalty imposed by the Information Commissioner on Basildon Borough Council for publishing sensitive personal information about a family in planning application documents that were made publicly available online.

Local Government Lawyer