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Legal briefs: New duty urged over major infrastructure planning; Challenge to Holocaust memorial approval

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 9 October-15 October, 2021

New duty urged over major infrastructure planning

Local authorities, utility companies, Network Rail, and public agencies such as Natural England, Historic England and the Marine Management Organisation should be subject to a new legal duty to engage in the planning process for ‘nationally significant’ infrastructure, experts have recommended. That’s the view of the National Infrastructure Planning Association, which insisted that its proposal would speed up development consent for major UK infrastructure projects. 

Pinsent Masons

Challenge to Holocaust memorial approval

The London Historic Parks and Gardens Trust has launched a legal challenge to the decision of Robert Jenrick, the then Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government, to grant planning permission for a Holocaust memorial and learning centre in a park bordering the Palace of Westminster.

Local Government Lawyer

Go-ahead for ABP appeal over refusal for County Cork fast-track flats

An Bord Pleanála has been given permission to appeal against a High Court decision overturning its fast-track permission for a development of 123 flats in Ballincollig, County Cork.

Irish Times

Cardiff cancer centre campaigner faces £45k costs

A local campaigner must pay more than £45,000 in costs after losing a judicial review application over the development of a new medical facility for the Velindre Cancer Centre on a greenfield site in the Welsh capital. 

Local Government Lawyer

Norfolk Broads mooring row escalates

A three-way wrangle involving the Norfolk Constabulary, the Broads Authority, and a council leader over how South Norfolk Council dealt with two planning applications involving moorings on the Broads at Haddiscoe has now escalated as John Fuller, the Conservative leader of the council, is calling for Defra to intervene.

Local Government Lawyer

South Dublin fast-track flats scheme heads to court

Residents have launched a legal challenge aimed at overturning An Bord Pleanála’s fast-track permission for 282 flats on the site of the former Eason’s warehouse in Crumlin, south Dublin. 

Irish Times