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Legal briefs: Luton challenges approval of link road; Irish environmental group challenges climate strategy

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 15 February-21 February, 2020

Luton challenges approval of link road

Luton Council is challenging neighbouring Central Bedfordshire Council’s decision to approve an application for a new link road after the former claimed that local plan examination inspectors’ letters calling the scheme into question were not properly considered.

Local Government Lawyer

Irish environmental challenges climate strategy

The Irish Republic’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by an environmental group over the dismissal of its case arguing that the government’s plan to tackle climate change was flawed and inadequate.

Irish Times

Craigavon campus otter threat case heard

No actual evidence of otters has been found at the site of a planned new £45 million college in County Armagh, Belfast High Court heard this week in a case claiming that the aquatic mammal – an endangered species – was threatened by the decision to approve the project proposed for the shores of a lake at Craigavon.

Belfast Telegraph

Huddersfield allotment ruling

The Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court ruling that Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council must keep an allotment site in use at Birkby, a suburb of Huddersfield.

Local Government Lawyer

High Court quashes decision over Dublin docklands tower

The High Court has quashed An Bord Pleanála’s decision to approve developer Johnny Ronan’s 13-storey residential tower beside Salesforce’s Dublin docklands headquarters. It must now be redetermined. An Bord Pleanála’s decision went against the recommendation of the inspector who considered the application. The successful legal challenge was brought by the city council.

Irish Independent