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Legal briefs: Planning decision of Communities Secretary quashed over 'complete volte face'

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 15 May-19 May, 2017

Planning decision of communities secretary quashed over “complete volte face”

The Communities Secretary performed “a complete and unexplained volte face” in his assessment of the highways impacts of two proposals for development on the same site in Newmarket, a planning court judge has ruled as the refusal was quashed.

Local Government Lawyer

Confiscation proceedings halted over “fatal error” in indication of guilty pleas

Westminster City Council’s bid to obtain a confiscation order over planning enforcement breaches has been halted, after a ruling that the indication of guilty pleas on the two defendants’ behalf, in their presence and by counsel appearing for them in the magistrates’ court was an incurable error.

Local Government Lawyer

Blind woman wins landmark challenge over kerb height

A Northern Irish blind woman has won a landmark legal challenge over the height of kerbs in a multi-million-pound regeneration scheme in Lisburn. 

BBC Northern Ireland

Charity hit with £50,000 legal bill after opposing proposed wind farm the size of Inverness

Energy company SSE and conservation charity John Muir Trust have reached a £50,000 settlement in relation to court expenses incurred over a legal challenge to a 67-turbine wind farm earmarked for the Monadhliath Mountains near Inverness. 

The Press and Journal

County nets permission for appeal in village green and school land case

Lancashire County Council has secured permission to appeal a High Court ruling that backed an inspector’s decision to register part of land near a primary school as a village green.

Local Government Lawyer

Jordanhill Community Council to take Glasgow City Council to court over campus plans

Glasgow City Council’s approval of a developer's plan for up to 412 new homes on the site of the former Jordanhill College campus is the subject of a request by the community council for a judicial review.

The Herald

Demolition on one of Carlow's oldest streets 'needed permission'

The demolition of a building on one of the oldest streets in Carlow town over a bank holiday weekend required planning permission, the Irish High Court has ruled.

Irish Times

Court overturns block on Forth and Tay offshore wind farms

Four giant offshore wind farms are set to be built off Scotland’s east coast after ministers won a legal bid to overturn a previous judgement blocking the schemes.

The Scotsman

Clocaenog Forest pylons legal challenge fails

A legal challenge to stop overhead power lines being erected across parts of rural Conwy and Denbighshire has been dismissed by the High Court.

BBC Wales

Stormont departments' approach to John Lewis Sprucefield shop 'impermissible', rule judges

Two Stormont departments took an "impermissible" step in securing a court order which boosted attempts to secure Northern Ireland's first John Lewis store at Sprucefield, Appeal Court judges ruled this week, overturning an earlier High Court judgement affecting the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan.

Belfast Telegraph

Law Society opposes fees for making planning appeals unless safeguards in place

The Law Society has opposed the idea of fees for making a planning appeal unless further safeguards are put in place.

Local Government Lawyer