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Legal briefs: NPPF warning over Haslemere development row; Poole Bay drilling challenge

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 27 July-2 August, 2019

NPPF warning over Haslemere development row

A High Court judge has warned against attempts to make excessively legalistic interpretations of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) following a case involving developer Monkhill, Waverley Borough Council and the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government in a dispute over planning permission for a proposed development near Haslemere, Surrey. 

Local Government Lawyer

Poole Bay drilling challenge

Wildlife group The Seahorse Trust has been successful in its application for a judicial review of the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s decision to allow Corallian Energy to drill for oil in Poole Bay, Dorset.

Local Government Lawyer

Skibbereen plastics factory consent quashed

An Bord Pleanála has consented to an order quashing its permission for a thermoplastic compounds production factory in Skibbereen, Co Cork which must be redetermined after the agency accepted that its screening for appropriate assessment breached the requirements of a decision of the Court of Justice of the EU. 

Irish Times

Ruling on Aarhus costs following Maidstone DC case

The cost cap on cases brought under the Aarhus Convention (which enshrines the right to environmental information) can be applied at any stage of a claim and costs may divided between the parties involved, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Local Government Lawyer

Fingal rezoning case fast-tracked

A resident’s challenge to the Barnhill Local Area Plan drawn up by Fingal County Council which rezoned 45 hectares for residential development is to be fast-tracked in the Commercial Court.

Irish Times