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Legal briefs: Permission for 39 homes granted on appeal quashed by High Court; West Highland track access wrangle

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of legal news: 20 November-26 November, 2021

Permission for 39 homes granted on appeal quashed by High Court

The High Court has quashed a decision by a planning inspector to allow a developer to build 39 homes near Clitheroe owing to a misunderstanding of policy.

The Planner

West Highland track access wrangle

Ramblers Scotland and Highland Council have joined forces in a landmark court battle over a bid by Woodland Renewables to remove access rights from a 68-metre stretch of trail on the Ardnamurchan Estate, which the local authority insists is a public right of way. The West Highland estate is located on the eponymous peninsula, the most westerly point on mainland Britain.

Glasgow Herald

Glasgow backs down over green belt scheme

Glasgow City Council has decided not to contest a Court of Session challenge mounted by residents in Carmunnock over its decision to approve proposals by East Kilbride-based Zoom Developments to build four new five-bedroom homes on green belt land in the conservation village.

Glasgow Herald

Dublin telecommunication mast battle

Residents in south County Dublin have gone to the High Court over decisions by An Bord Pleanála to approve telecommunications masts, one near Saggart and, separately, another in Kingswood.

Irish Times

Surrey oil-drill climate impacts case in court

The Court of Appeal has been hearing a challenge over whether Surrey County Council should have considered full climate impacts when approving drilling for oil and its production on land at Horley near Gatwick Airport.

Local Government Lawyer

River Misbourne tunnelling tribulations

A renewed application for a judicial review of the Environment Agency’s decision to grant consent for the construction of a twin tunnel beneath an aquifer as part of works for HS2 has been refused permission by the High Court. The claimant was a private company set up by various environmental groups with an interest in protecting the River Misbourne and the local chalk aquifer in the Mid-Chilterns near Amersham.

Local Government Lawyer

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