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Legal briefs: Quarry ‘not beyond reach of EU directives’; Sevenoaks challenges Planning Inspectorate’s ruling on local plan

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 18th April - 24th April, 2020

County Meath quarry ‘not beyond reach of EU directives’

The owners of a quarry that has been operating in County Meath for almost 150 years have lost their High Court claim that the quarry is beyond the reach of EU environmental directives because it does not require planning consent for its activities.

Irish Times

Sevenoaks challenges Planning Inspectorate’s ruling on local plan

Sevenoaks District Council has launched a judicial review against an inspector’s recommendation to withdraw its local plan, citing issues over its duty to cooperate with neighbouring planning authorities.

Sevenoaks District Council

Transport campaigners threaten action over national roads policy

Campaign group Transport Action Network has threatened the Department for Transport and Highways England with a legal challenge to its £27 billion Road Investment Strategy 2, which was launched alongside the budget earlier this year.

Local Government Lawyer

Wind developer wins more time to challenge nuclear noise policy

Wind farm developer Energiekontor UK Ltd has succeeded in petitioning the Court of Session for a time extension to begin judicial review proceedings over noise policies pursued by the MoD in respect of projects located within the consultation zone of the Eskdalemuir Seismic Array. This monitors compliance with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and identifies evidence of illicit nuclear explosions.

Scottish Construction Now

Advice on completing s.106 agreements during lockdown

Pinsent Masons’ partner James Lockerbie and legal director Jo Miles have proposed several solutions for planners wanting to complete on section 106 agreements, a process rendered difficult because of the current Covid-19 restrictions.

Pinsent Masons

Developer’s challenge fails over Leamington Spa villa demolition

A Planning Court judge has dismissed a developer’s claim for statutory review after an inspector dismissed its appeal against Warwick District Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for the demolition of a Victorian villa in a conservation area in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

Local Government Lawyer

Hampshire CC blocks move to deregister common land at Blackbushe Airport

Hampshire County Council has won an appeal over an inspector’s decision to deregister as common land much of a site now occupied by Blackbushe Airport.

Local Government Lawyer