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22/10/2021

Legal briefs: North-South Interconnector challenge dismissed

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 16 October-22 October, 2021

North-South Interconnector challenge dismissed

A High Court judge has refused to quash planning permission for a major cross-border electricity line – despite identifying a legal flaw in the ministerial decision-making process. Mr Justice Scoffield agreed that infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon had approved the North South Interconnector in breach of a current requirement to refer the issue for Stormont Executive agreement. But he held that she kept colleagues in the power-sharing cabinet informed of her intention to secure the legislative change needed to take the decision on the scheme. “This was very far from the type of case where the minister has sought to ‘go on a solo run’," the judge said. His ruling came in a legal challenge mounted by a group of landowners opposed to the interconnector.

Irish News

Glasgow village housing court proceedings begin

Carmunnock Community Council has begun court proceedings against Glasgow City Council over its approval for housing on a green belt site in the city’s last remaining village. 

Glasgow Herald

Swansea Bay tidal lagoon DCO bid launched

Tidal Power Ltd, the company behind proposals to build a Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, has gone to court in a bid to keep the development consent order for the project live.

Wales Online

Southampton Airport runway extension JR grounded by High Court

The High Court has rejected two applications from organisations seeking permission to bring a judicial review challenge over Eastleigh Borough Council’s decision to approve a runway expansion at Southampton International Airport.

Local Government Lawyer

South Kerry Greenway decision cannot be appealed

The High Court has ruled that its decision upholding the planning permission for the South Kerry Greenway project cannot be appealed against.

Irish Independent

Goatstown fast-track flats head to court

A High Court judge has allowed a challenge to overturn permission for a fast-track 698-bed student development at Goatstown, south Dublin.

Irish Times

Hillingdon loses fight over HS2 construction site routes

The Court of Appeal has refused Hillingdon Council permission to appeal in a dispute about the arrangements for the routing of lorries to and from HS2 construction sites in the West London borough.

Local Government Lawyer

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