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Legal briefs: Sevenoaks goes to court over local plan criticism; Perry Bar flyover judicial review refused

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 30 May-5 June, 2020

Sevenoaks goes to court over local plan critique

The High Court has granted Sevenoaks District Council permission to bring a judicial review challenge over the conclusion of the planning inspector who examined its draft local plan and found that it had failed to cooperate with neighbouring authorities.

Local Government Lawyer

Perry Bar flyover judicial review refused

A group of residents has failed to win permission for a judicial review challenge over Birmingham City Council’s decision to demolish the A34 Perry Barr flyover as part of work to develop the Commonwealth Games athletes' village.

Local Government Lawyer

Motherwell contaminated site challenge fails

Two tenants of properties in a housing development on formerly contaminated land in Motherwell have failed to establish that a civil engineering firm breached a duty of care owed to them in respect of illnesses they claimed to have suffered after moving in.

Scottish Housing News

Dublin residents’ group can challenge An Bord Pleanála

A residents’ group has secured leave from the Irish High Court to challenge An Bord Pleanála’s permission for a controversial development of 657 apartments near St Anne’s Park in north Dublin. Meanwhile, following a separate challenge over the scheme involving Louth Environment Group, the ABP has signalled that it is prepared to concede the case.

Irish Times

Review over woodland loss at Suffolk nuclear site

Campaigners fighting plans for a third nuclear power station at Sizewell in Suffolk have won permission for a judicial review of East Suffolk Council’s decision to approve proposals from French energy company EDF to cut down the 100-year-old Coronation Wood to create space for the proposed plant.

Local Government Lawyer

ClientEarth mulls over appeal after Drax challenge fails

Environmental charity ClientEarth has confirmed that it is considering an appeal following its unsuccessful High Court challenge over a government decision to approve a development consent order for two carbon capture-ready gas-fired generating units earmarked for the existing Drax power station site near Selby in North Yorkshire.

BBC Yorkshire