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Legal briefs: Suffolk parish council wins Boxford development challenge; Hillingdon Council loses judicial review over HS2 construction routes

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 10 April-16 April, 2021

Suffolk parish council wins Boxford development challenge

Legal action by a Suffolk parish council has resulted in Babergh District Council agreeing to quash outline planning permission it granted to developer Catesby Development Land for 64 homes in the village of Boxford. The parish council had brought an Aarhus claim on a number of issues including the failure to secure both a community building and super/ultra-fast broadband, which had been part of earlier planning committee decisions.

Local Government Lawyer

Hillingdon Council loses judicial review over HS2 construction routes

The London Borough of Hillingdon has lost a High Court judicial review against two Whitehall departments over routes for HS2 construction traffic in the borough.

Local Government Lawyer

An Bord Pleanála accepts defeat over Cork incinerator

An Bord Pleanála will not appeal against a successful High Court challenge by an environmental group over Indaver Ireland’s €160 million incinerator in Ringaskiddy, Cork Harbour. It has been given more time to agree to a simple quashing of the permission order or have it returned to the board for reconsideration. The judge found that the board’s decision was “tainted” as one of its members had once worked for Indaver.

Irish Times

€18K fine for County Westmeath bog damage

In a case brought before Mullingar District Court by the minister for housing, local government and heritage,  a man was convicted and fined a total of €15,000 plus €3,810 in costs for refuse dumping in 2020 in the protected Milltownpass Bog Natural Heritage Area in County Westmeath. The court heard that there was no licence or permit in place for the dumping from either the county council or from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Irish Government