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Legal briefs: High Court ruling influences reading of 'presumption in favour of sustainable development'

Words: Roger Milne
Courtroom Gavel - legal changes that affect planners

A round-up of legal news: 19 November-25 November, 2016

High Court ruling influences reading of 'presumption in favour of sustainable development'

A judge has ruled that presumption in favour of sustainable development for developments which are contrary to a local plan should be the “exception rather than the norm”, in a decision that saw the refusal of 150 new homes in Staffordshire.

The Planner

Skills Funding Agency warning university of legal action in planning row – MP

The University of Lincoln faces legal action by the government in a planning dispute, according to Sir Edward Leigh, the Conservative MP for Gainsborough.

PublicLaw Today

Judicial review hearing in North Yorkshire fracking case

The judicial review of North Yorkshire County Council’s decision to allow fracking at Ryedale near the North Yorks Moors National Park was heard in the High Court this week.

Leigh Day

Under-threat Wrexham Grove School building’s listing revoked

Welsh infrastructure secretary Ken Skates had agreed to a High Court order quashing his decision to list a derelict former school in Wrexham on the basis that he failed to provide adequate reasons.

BBC News

Wind farm cases to be fast-tracked by Commercial Court

Challenges to wind farm developments in Kerry and Tipperary are to be fast-tracked by the Commercial Court

Irish Times

Legal challenge to ‘road through Heaney country’ 

An environmental campaigner has been granted leave to bring a judicial review of proposals to upgrade the A6 through landscape made famous by poet Seamus Heaney in and around Lough Neagh and Lough Beg in Northern Ireland.

BBC News and Department for Infrastructure