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Legal briefs: Lawsuit launched against Hinkley C nuclear power plant, waste incinerator can be built, High Court rules

Words: Roger Milne
Courtroom Gavel - legal changes that affect planners

A round-up of legal news: 11 July-17 July, 2015

Lawsuit launched against Hinkley C nuclear power plant

A lawsuit has been filed against the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power station by green power supplier Greenpeace Energy and nine German and Austrian utilities.

BBC News 

Justice minister loses bid to halt opening of new Asian restaurant

Irish justice minister Frances Fitzgerald has lost her legal bid to stop an Asian restaurant opening in west Dublin following a decision by An Bord Pleanala.


Malton supermarket plans quashed in court

A High Court judge has quashed the decision of Ryedale District Council to allow a new supermarket and petrol station at Malton’s Wentworth Street car park in North Yorkshire. The judge ruled that members of the planning committee had been misled because they had not been informed of the benefits of rival store proposals.

BBC News

Waste incinerator can be built, High Court rules

A £500 million energy-from-waste project looks set to be built near Gloucester now Stroud District Council’s legal challenge over the planning inspector’s recommendation to the then-Community Secretary Eric Pickles to approve the controversial facility has failed. Stroud District Council had hoped to persuade the High Court the planning inspector had "made errors”. The judge disagreed.

BBC News 

Bristol Rovers lose case over Sainsbury’s stadium deal

A High Court judge has ruled that high street giant Sainsbury’s had the right to withdraw from an agreement to redevelop Bristol Rovers’ memorial Stadium after the club was unable to obtain an “acceptable” planning permission for the scheme.

BBC News

Newry gets go-ahead for £47m out-of-town development

Northern Ireland environment minister Mark H Durkan has welcomed a High Court decision to dismiss the challenge to his grant of planning permission for a £47 million retail-led, mixed-use development at Newry.

Belfast Telegraph