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Legal briefs: Legal proceedings launched over Islandmagee gas project; County Leitrim tree planting wrangle

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of legal briefs: 12 February-18 February, 2022

Legal proceedings launched over Islandmagee gas project

No Gas Caverns and Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland have launched legal proceedings against a decision to grant a marine licence for the Islandmagee gas storage project and Larne Lough.

The Planner

Dorset secures prosecution after enforcement notice is ignored

Dorset Council has secured the prosecution of a resident in Ferndown for failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice.

The Planner

County Leitrim tree planting wrangle

A local environmental group has issued High Court proceedings aimed at overturning a government licence allowing tree-planting of 4.7 hectares of land at Wardhouse in County Leitrim, which would include the “dark and lifeless” Sitka spruce species.

Irish Independent

Blarney Castle uproar

The operator of the world-famous Blarney Castle has brought a High Court challenge against An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant planning permission for a development, including a hotel, 70 homes and a supermarket on a site 200 metres from the attraction.

Irish Times

Severn Estuary dumping row

The ‘Save the Severn’ campaign group has been granted permission for a judicial review of the Marine Management Organisation’s decision to grant a licence for dredged material from construction works for the Hinkley C nuclear power plant in Somerset to be deposited in environmentally sensitive and safeguarded areas of the Severn Estuary.

Local Government Lawyer

Cheese plant challenge fails

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal lodged by An Taisce/ The National Trust for Ireland aimed at overturning planning permission for a €140 million County Kilkenny cheese plant. The court ruled that upstream consequences of the proposed factory, specifically from milk production, were not indirect significant effects liable to be assessed under either the EU’s EIA Directive or the Habitats Directive.

Irish Times

Drumcondra flats approval heads to court

A resident has gone to court in a bid to overturn the planning permission granted by An Bord Pleanála for a huge 1,600 unit build-to-rent flatted complex on the site of the former Holy Cross seminary in Drumcondra in Dublin.

Irish Times

Ruling over North Yorkshire pulverised fuel ash consent

The High Court has dismissed all six grounds of challenge brought by Whitley Parish Council over North Yorkshire County Council’s decision to allow the extraction of pulverised fuel ash from a long-standing ash disposal facility.

Local Government Lawyer

Fast-track judicial review successes justify litigation?

Three-quarters of judicial reviews challenging An Bord Pleanála’s fast track approvals have been successful, according to a detailed article that questions the government’s move to curb the litigation.

Irish Times

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