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Legal briefs: UK government loses third air quality court case; Deadline for Welsh air pollution action

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 17 February-23 February, 2018

UK Government loses third air quality court case

Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have won a third case against the UK government over the country’s illegal and harmful levels of air pollution after a judge ruled that the government’s failure to require action from 45 local authorities with illegal levels of air pollution in their area was unlawful.


Deadline for Welsh air pollution action

Plans to tackle air pollution in Wales must be in place by the end of July, a judge has told Welsh ministers.

BBC News

Lewisham challenged over GPDO mast regime

London local authority Lewisham Council wrongly interpreted the General Permitted Development Order on the siting of radio masts, the High Court has ruled.

Local Government Lawyer

Highways England faces court challenge over Merseyside road link

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council has won permission to take Highways England to court over what the local authority claimed was a flawed consultation on a proposal to build a dual carriageway through the Rimrose Valley country park to improve access to the port at Liverpool.

Local Government Lawyer

Judges reject challenge to Nottinghamshire turbine consent 

The Court of Appeal has rejected a claim that Gedling Borough Council misinterpreted a written ministerial statement that set out considerations involved in applications for planning permission for wind turbines when it allowed a single turbine close to the village of Woodborough in Nottinghamshire.

Local Government Lawyer

Permission for holiday park in Kent AONB quashed

A Planning Court judge has quashed Shepway District Council’s grant of planning permission for a holiday park in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) at Densole in Kent, which officials had recommended for refusal.

Local Government Lawyer

Somerset council demolishes green belt barn

Bath & North East Somerset Council has taken direct action under s.178 of the Town and Country Planning Act to demolish a large building that was built nearly 10 years ago in the green belt without planning permission.

Local Government Lawyer