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Legal briefs: Leeds wins injunction over homeless encampment; Backfire warning over move to curb vexatious planning challenges

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 11 January-17 January 2020

Leeds wins injunction over homeless encampment

Leeds City Council has secured an injunction against a proposed homeless encampment which it claimed would create a “tent city” in a car park.

Local Government Lawyer

Backfire warning over move to curb vexatious planning challenges

Irish government moves to tackle “vexatious” court challenges to planning proposals, including major infrastructure projects, are set to backfire, according to legal specialists who have warned they are likely to lead to more lengthy and costly litigation.

Irish Times

Unincorporated association ruling

An unincorporated association does have capacity to bring both a judicial review and a statutory challenge, a High Court judge has ruled following a case involving a neighbourhood development forum in Leeds which was concerned over the city council’s Site Allocations Plan.

Local Government Lawyer

Review rejected over Shropshire gravel project

A resident has seen all four grounds for judicial review rejected in her challenge to Shropshire Council’s planning consent for a sand and gravel extraction project at Shipley.

Local Government Lawyer

CPRE Herefordshire polytunnel scheme challenge fails

Countryside charity the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has failed in a bid to overturn Herefordshire Council’s decision to grant permission for 11 blocks of polytunnels covering a 37 hectare site in the parish of Ocle Pychard.

Local Government Lawyer

Howth housing consent quashed

The Irish High Court has quashed a fast-tracked planning permission for 164 homes on the site of a disused hotel in the seaside village of Howth.

Irish Times