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Legal briefs: Scottish fracking ban faces legal challenge from INEOS; Court battle looms over Stormont estate homes

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 6 January-12 January, 2018

Scottish fracking ban faces legal challenge from INEOS

Chemical giant INEOS has announced that it will seek a judicial review of the Scottish government’s ‘effective ban’ on fracking as part of the administration’s opposition to onshore unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland. 

The Planner

Court battle looms over Stormont estate homes

Plans to build 53 new homes on land on the border of the Stormont Estate approved by Belfast City Council have sparked fury among residents who are now threatening a court challenge.

Belfast Telegraph

Rochdale digs in over M&S scheme

Rochdale Borough Council has insisted it expects M&S to honour what the authority says is a legally binding contract to be the anchor tenant in a £80 million regeneration scheme despite the High Street retailer having second thoughts over taking space in the Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure development.

Local Government Lawyer

Information Commissioner backs Bromley over legal opinion

The Information Commissioner has upheld a decision by London local authority Bromley Council to refuse to supply a copy of a legal opinion obtained by the council relating to an application to grant a certificate of lawfulness for a property.

Local Government Lawyer

Aberdeen quarry project set-back

Plans to create a heritage centre at Rubislaw Quarry in Aberdeen, approved by the city council, have suffered a setback after the Lands Tribunal for Scotland refused to vary a title condition needed to allow the £6 million project to climb off the drawing-board.

Lands Tribunal Scotland

Bath residents contest council’s redevelopment of their estate

A residents’ association in Bath is seeking a judicial review of Bath and North East Somerset Council’s decision to approve the redevelopment of the Foxhill housing estate.

Local Government Lawyer

Second interconnector challenge thrown out

A High Court judge has dismissed a second legal challenge to the planned 138-kilometre north-south electricity interconnector.

Irish Times