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Legal briefs: Residents granted hearing against local plan decision; Southend Airport must pay noise compensation

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 2 April-9 April, 2021

Residents granted hearing against local plan decision

Residents have been granted a court hearing as part of their fight against South Oxfordshire District Council over its decision to proceed with its local plan in December 2020, following the removal of a holding direction issued by housing secretary Robert Jenrick.

The Planner

Southend Airport must pay noise compensation

The Upper Tribunal has ruled that London Southend Airport should pay over £85,000 compensation to homeowners whose properties depreciated in value after a runway expansion increased noise in the area.

Local Government Lawyer

Bishopsgate traffic plan row goes a further round

TfL has been granted the right to appeal against a High Court ruling that its traffic reduction policies involving closure of part of Bishopsgate in the City of London to taxis were unlawful.

Local Government Lawyer

Judicial review leave granted over Hackney low traffic scheme

A local campaign group opposed to the London Borough of Hackney’s policy of closing streets to through traffic has been given leave for a judicial review at its third attempt.

Local Government Lawyer

Irish government climate policy ruling bewilders green campaigners

Environmental campaigners have been left “totally bewildered” by a High Court ruling that states the Irish Government has no legal obligation to have regard to its own climate action policy. The ruling was delivered on the latest in a series of legal challenges over the Shannon liquefied natural gas project.

Irish Independent

Swords residents mount judicial review over Fostertown flats

A group of Swords residents have been granted leave to mount a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála's decision to grant fast-track planning permission for a large flatted complex at Fosterstown.

Irish Independent

Co Wicklow residents challenge Delgany housing development

Residents of Delgany, County Wicklow, have applied to the High Court to challenge An Bord Pleanála fast-track decision approving a scheme for 232 flats and houses in the village.

Irish Times

Castle Point BC leader quits over planning conduct

Castle Point Borough Council’s Conservative leader Norman Smith has resigned as a councillor after a report by law firm Wilkin Chapman raised concerns about his conduct in relation to planning applications submitted by his son and a personal friend to the Essex local authority.

Local Government Lawyer