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Legal briefs: Legal action results in £8.5m increase in cost of road through Seamus Heaney homeland

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

A round-up of legal news: 24 June-30 June, 2017

Legal action results in £8.5m increase in cost of road through Seamus Heaney homeland

Ongoing legal action has added £8.5m to the cost of the A6 dualling scheme near landscape made famous by poet Seamus Heaney, a court was told last week (27 June).

Belfast Telegraph

City to take legal action against protesters in row over tree-felling programme

Sheffield City Council has claimed it has 'no alternative' but to bring legal proceedings against certain individuals – including one of its own councillors – who have been protesting against the local authority’s controversial tree replacement programme.

Local Government Lawyer

Fears for Derry centre after council's decision to block gaming arcade overturned

The centre of Londonderry could be 'abandoned by retail' and filled with 'gambling arcades, bookies and pound shops', a councillor has claimed, after a judge overturned a unanimous decision by Derry City and Strabane District Council to refuse a permit for a large gambling centre in the city.

Belfast Telegraph

Decision not to order immediate halt to Lough Neagh sand-dredging to be quashed

A decision not to immediately halt the unauthorised extraction of up to two million tonnes of sand a year from Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland is to be quashed, the Court of Appeal ruled last week (28 June).

Belfast Telegraph

York Street Interchange: £165m roads project facing legal challenge

A long-awaited £165m York Street Interchange highway project for Belfast is facing a legal challenge over the awarding of the main construction contract, it has emerged.

Belfast Telegraph