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Legal briefs: Scottish fracking ruling; Communities secretary rapped over Lewes planning appeal

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 16 June-22 June, 2018

Scottish fracking ruling

Petrochemical giant Ineos has lost its legal challenge to the Scottish Government’s “ban” on fracking following a case heard at the Court of Session, Scotland’s highest civil court.

The Scotsman

Communities secretary rapped over Lewes planning appeal

The Court of Appeal has ruled the the communities secretary was wrong to decide a planning appeal without referring to a decision he had reached shortly before on a similar issue in the same area. This emerged after a case involving development in Newick that was refused by Lewes District Council.

Local Government Lawyer

Bath estate plan consent quashed

A High Court judge has quashed Bath and North-East Somerset Council’s grant of planning permission for the demolition of up to 542 dwellings on a housing estate in Bath and their replacement with up to 700 dwellings, concluding that the local authority had breached the public sector equality duty.

Local Government Lawyer

Brentford houseboat challenge

A High Court judge has overturned parts of an order granted to the London Borough of Hounslow against houseboat owners moored on the River Thames in Brentford.

Local Government Lawyer

London cycle superhighway goes to court

Westminster City Council has launched judicial review proceedings over the route of a Transport for London cycle superhighway across the borough.

Local Government Lawyer

Dartmoor off-roader penalised

Dartmoor National Park Authority has successfully prosecuted the driver of a 4x4 car who was caught ‘off-roading’ in October last year.

Local Government Lawyer

Sheffield tree protestor escapes jail

A High Court judge has dismissed an application by Sheffield City Council to have a defendant, Paul Brooke, imprisoned for contempt of court for breaching an injunction in relation to the local authority’s controversial highways maintenance programme involving a major cull of trees.

Local Government Lawyer