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Legal briefs: NI civil servants ‘in disarray’ over planning powers; Leicestershire couple fined for illegal garage conversion

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 10 February-16 February, 2018

NI civil servants ‘in disarray’ over planning powers

Civil servants at Stormont are "in disarray" over their powers in the absence of ministers, the High Court in Belfast has been told, as it hears a legal challenge over a senior civil servant’s decision to grant planning permission for a £240 million waste treatment and energy plant.

BBC News

Leicestershire couple fined for illegal garage conversion

A couple who converted their garage into habitable accommodation and hid it behind a garage door have been ordered to pay more than £2,000 each for breaching planning regulations, in a case heard at Leicester Magistrates’ Court.

Local Government Lawyer

Dublin ‘corrupt’ planning decision case goes to court 

A couple who allege they were the victims of a corrupt planning decision are bidding to sue Dublin City Council more than 30 years after it refused them permission for a housing development, the Supreme Court heard last week (13 February).

Irish Times

Legislation to clarify Irish CPO regime published

Legislation giving greater legal certainty for compulsory purchase orders on land required for industrial use, including in cases of foreign direct investment, has been introduced in the Dáil.

Irish Times

Court fight begins over Corrib gas project consent

A campaigner against the Corrib gas project in County Mayo has been in the High Court at the start of a case designed to quash the ministerial consent for a pipeline bringing gas to a refinery at Ballinaboy.

Irish Times

Dublin’s historic Moore Street sites not a national monument 

The Irish state has succeeded in overturning a judge's declaration that buildings and sites on and around Dublin's Moore Street are a 1916 Rising battlefield site and comprise a national monument. 

Irish Independent

Maldon chief executive unlawfully changed planning consent, court rules

The chief executive of Maldon District Council took an unlawful decision to approve changes to a planning consent, the High Court has found.

Local Government Lawyer

Basildon successfully defends traveller application decision

A High Court judge has rejected an application for a judicial review into Basildon Council’s refusal to determine an Essex traveller’s planning application for a plot of land.

Local Government Lawyer

Glasgow campaigners lose fight over Jordanhill redevelopment

Campaigners claimed Scotland’s planning system is flawed after failing in their Court of Session bid to block plans for 420 homes on the site of the University of Strathclyde’s former Jordanhill Campus in Glasgow. 

Glasgow Herald

Co Tyrone gold mine based on inaccurate map challenge

An Irish gold mine in County Tyrone should be made to stop working underground because it was allowed to expand by former Northern Ireland environment minister Mark Durkan based on inaccurate maps, it has been claimed in the Court of Appeal in Belfast.

Irish Times