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Legal briefs: Visual impact not an obligatory consideration in green belt openness; £160K fine for damage to Warwickshire scheduled monument

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 1 February-7 February 2020.

Visual impact not an obligatory consideration for green belt openness

The Supreme Court has ruled that openness does not “imply freedom from all forms of potential development”.

The Planner

£160K fine for damage to Warwickshire scheduled monument

Three people found responsible for causing serious damage to a scheduled monument in the deserted medieval village of Withybrook, Warwickshire, have been ordered to pay a total of £160,000 after being taken to court by Historic England.

Local Government Lawyer

Police end probe into Northumberland garden village planning

Northumbria Police have decided to take no action over allegations concerning Northumberland County Council’s planning department and a proposed garden village that implicated a “very senior” planning officer enjoying excessive hospitality from a developer. 

Local Government Lawyer

Consent for Cork solar farm quashed

Ireland’s High Court has overturned a decision by An Bord Pleanála to approve a solar farm on a 67.8-hectare site at Fiddane, Ballyhea, County Cork.

Irish Times

South Dublin flats approval challenge

Three separate High Court challenges have been brought over planning approval for 161 flats and townhouses on part of a GAA club’s grounds in south Dublin. These had originally been rejected by the city council but approved on appeal by An Bord Pleanála.

Irish Times

Community group launches two judicial reviews against South Cambridgeshire

South Cambridgeshire District Council is facing judicial reviews over two planning disputes brought by the same community group, The Fews Lane Consortium.

Local Government Lawyer