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Legal briefs: Trail riders win battle over Stonehenge byways; Fracking face-off

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 29 December 2018-4 January 2019

Trail riders win battle over Stonehenge byways

A group of trail riders has won a High Court battle over Wiltshire County Council’s decision to ban temporarily the use of seven byways and a footpath in an area close to the Stonehenge World Heritage site.

Local Government Lawyer

Fracking face-off

UK ministers have faced legal challenges over changes to the planning rules for fracking brought by Friends of the Earth and, separately, Joe Corré, the son of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.

The Guardian

Aberdeen FC stadium case due in court

A judicial review into Aberdeen FC's plans for a new stadium at Kingsford on the outskirts of the city is set to proceed later this month.

BBC News

Portstewart project challenge heard

A Northern Ireland councillor has “hours” of recorded conversations with officials connected to a case involving a legal challenge to consent granted by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council for a planned £20 million hotel and leisure complex at Portstewart, the High Court has been told. 

Belfast Telegraph

Judicial review for College Green refusal

An environmental campaigner has applied for a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála’s decision to refuse Dublin City Council’s plans to turn College Green into a pedestrianised civic plaza.  

Irish Times

Communities secretary defeats EIA legal action

The secretary of state for communities and local government has successfully defended a legal challenge to his decision that proposed development at a disused sports complex in Pontefract was not EIA (environmental impact assessment) development.

Local Government Lawyer

High Court challenge over playing fields dismissed

The High Court has dismissed a legal challenge to Reading Borough Council’s approval of a playing fields site for a primary school at Mapledurham.

Local Government Lawyer