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Legal briefs: Legal challenge over Leadsom’s gas power station approval; Court mulls Craigavon campus threat to otters

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 25 January-31 January 2020.

Legal challenge over Leadsom’s gas power station approval

Environmental law charity Client Earth is taking the UK Government to the High Court following the energy secretary's approval of plans to modify coal-fired generating units to gas-powered ones at Drax Power Station, Selby.

The Planner

Court mulls Craigavon campus threat to otters 

Otter activity at a County Armagh lake could be harmed by building the new £45 million Southern Regional College on its shoreline at Craigavon, the High Court has been told.

Belfast Telegraph

Challenge mounted over Intel Ireland’s County Kildare expansion 

A farmer is seeking permission to bring a High Court challenge to An Bord Pleanála's go-ahead for computer chip giant Intel Ireland's €3.6 billion expansion in County Kildare.

Irish Independent

Judge overturns Bord’s drug rehab stance

A High Court judge has overturned An Bord Pleanála’s decision that a proposed residential €9m drug rehabilitation centre in County Meath, linked to the Church of Scientology, required a change of use planning permission even though the site, a former school, had an unimplemented permission for a nursing home.

Irish Times

Edinburgh concert hall rethink after legal challenge dropped

Developers behind a new Edinburgh concert hall have agreed to submit revised plans for the proposed Dunard Centre after the owners of neighbouring St James Centre agreed to withdraw legal action over the city council’s planning consent for the £45 million project.

Edinburgh Evening News