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Legal briefs: 'Super sewer' faces two legal challenges, wind farm limited to 3mph

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

A round-up of legal news 25 October-31 October, 2014

Thames Tideway Tunnel faces two legal challenges

Two legal challenges over the development consent order for the Thames Tideway Tunnel (aka London’s ‘super sewer’) have begun. One involves Southwark Council, which is disputing the proposed use of Chamber’s Wharf as a construction site. 

The second challenge comes from Thames Blue-Green Economy, a group of independent engineers, environmentalists and lawyers. The group has claimed the government failed to comply with its legal obligations for public participation under the EIA regime.

Utility Week 

Battle over registration of beach as village green reaches Supreme Court

Next week the Supreme Court will hear a dispute over whether a beach in East Sussex should be registered as a town or village green. The case involves West Beach, an area of sand within the port of Newhaven.

Local Government Lawyer 

Judge imposes 3 mph speed limit on wind farm 'to stop sheep being scared'

A Belfast High Court judge has imposed a 3 mph speed limit on vehicles operating on a mountain wind farm project in a bid to stop sheep being scared. Mr Justice Deeny also ruled that a renewable energy company should only drill boreholes at Ballymongan Hill, County Tyrone, when flocks have been taken off for winter.

Belfast Telegraph 

Appeal judges to hear key issue for challenges to planning permissions on EIA grounds

The Court of Appeal has agreed to determine a key issue in relation to challenges to planning permission on environmental impact assessment (EIA) grounds. The case relates to a statutory challenge to a planning permission for 73 dwellings on a green field site on the outskirts of Great Dunmow, Essex.

Local Government Lawyer 

'Too-big’ block of flats in Woodley to be demolished

A land owner has been prosecuted twice by Wokingham Borough Council over a block of four flats that was built larger than the terms of the planning permission. The two-storey block in Woodley will now be demolished and the owner sentenced at Reading Crown Court later in November for twice breaching a demolition enforcement notice.

Wokingham Borough Council