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Legal briefs: South Kerry greenway back on track; Welsh councillor in hot water after coffee shop planning blunder

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of legal briefs: 5 February-11 February, 2022

South Kerry greenway back on track

Construction of the long-planned multimillion-euro south Kerry greenway will go ahead following the Supreme Court’s rejection of two applications seeking leave for a so-called leapfrog appeal. The project, along the abandoned rail line skirting the Ring of Kerry, will start at Glenbeigh and finish outside Cahersiveen, running for about 30 kilometres over spectacular scenery and old bridges overlooking Dingle Bay.

Irish Times

Welsh councillor in hot water after coffee shop planning blunder

A Vale of Glamorgan councillor who sits on the local authority’s planning committee has been found in breach of its code of conduct after establishing a coffee shop and wine bar in a former shop without first securing change-of-use consent. Councillor Leighton Rowlands, who has been a member of the planning committee since 2017, was suspended for a month for what the standards committee called a “serious breach” of the code of conduct that brought the council and town council into disrepute.

Local Government Lawyer

Legal challenge over homes plan for north St Albans

A campaign group fighting against a housing development to the north of St Albans has issued a legal challenge against the district council.

The Herts Advertiser

Prior approval ruling

The High Court has ruled against claimants in three cases involving how widely a local authority can consider planning matters when dealing with a request for prior approval under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015. These cases involved claims against the London Borough of Haringey and Broxbourne Borough Council in Hertfordshire.

Local Government Lawyer

Waverley goes to court over inspector’s decision

Waverley Borough Council has begun a legal challenge over a decision by a planning inspector to approve a development of 99 homes for a greenfield site off Loxwood Road in the Surrey village of Alfold.

Local Government Lawyer

Cliffs of Moher parking row

A row over lucrative car parking arrangements at the Cliffs of Moher has triggered a High Court action involving local developer John Flanagan’s firm Diamrem Ltd, which claims that the county council’s car park does not have planning permission to remain open permanently and should have been shut once his facilities were ready for use.

Irish Independent

Galway Ring Road challenges

Two High Court actions have been launched over planning consent for the Galway City Ring Road. The challenges have come from the Galway Race Committee and, separately, the Friends of the Irish Environment Ltd.

Irish Independent

County Cork cable car conflict

An environmental group is challenging An Bord Pleanála’s decision to give Cork County Council permission for the development of a new cable car system connecting County Cork’s Beara Peninsula and Dursey Island.

Irish Independent

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