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Legal briefs: Shropshire Council cricket club decision ruled out of bounds; ​​​​​​​Chris Packham launches new HS2 challenge

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 29 February-6 March, 2020

Shropshire Council cricket club decision ruled out of bounds

Shropshire Council has been asked by Michael King, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, to build and maintain a new boundary fence so that a cricket club can return to its ground.

The Planner

Chris Packham launches new HS2 challenge

Broadcaster and naturalist Chris Packham is to challenge the prime minister's decision to give the go-ahead to HS2, claiming that the review central to the mandate to proceed was “seriously flawed in its methods” and that the project will damage or destroy almost 700 wildlife sites, including more than 100 areas of ancient woodland.

Leigh Day

Fast-track planning in court

Three residents of Dublin’s embassy belt are challenging the constitutionality of the fast-track planning regime because of their opposition to proposals for 611 flats and three townhouses that Cairn Homes wants to build on a 3.5-hectare site in Donnybrook.

Irish Independent

Action over West Yorkshire brickworks planning breach

Calderdale Council has secured a High Court injunction against the owners and users of a waste site at a former brickworks in Elland, West Yorkshire, which had been the subject of enforcement action over continued disposal of waste material without the relevant environmental permit.

Local Government Lawyer

Ruling over Stornoway Airport land dispute

Land at Stornoway Airport is to be sold to a residential property developer after Highlands and Islands Airports successfully challenged a Scottish Land Court ruling that the disputed areas should remain subject to crofting tenure.

Scottish Construction Now

Government faces legal challenge over ‘net-zero’ target

The government is facing legal action over its energy-planning regime amid claims that current National Planning Statements for energy are no longer lawful now that the government has set a ‘net-zero’ emissions target.

New Power

Guildford local plan clears final hurdle

A Court of Appeal judge has thrown out Ockham Parish Council’s final attempt to challenge Guildford Borough Council’s local plan over green belt issues and housing allocations. 

Local Government Lawyer