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Legal briefs: Waverley wins High Court challenge over local policies; POCA used to recoup thousands from illegal scrapyard

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 27 October-2 November 2018

Waverley wins High Court challenge over local policies

A deputy High Court judge has rejected legal challenges against policies in Waverley Borough Council’s local plan and a secretary of state decision to approve 1,800 homes at Dunsfold Aerodrome.

The Planner

POCA used to recoup thousands from illegal scrapyard

The owner of an unauthorised scrapyard in South Staffordshire has been directed to pay a £150,000 confiscation order after failing to comply with an enforcement notice.

The Planner

Cheshire East Council fails to quash appeal

Cheshire East Council has failed in a High Court challenge to a planning inspector’s decision to grant a developer outline planning permission for 29 dwellings on appeal.

Local Government Lawyer

Fracking JR dismissed

A High Court judge has dismissed an application for a judicial review challenge over a written ministerial statement requiring local authorities to “recognise” the statutory definition of fracking, it has been reported.

Local Government Lawyer

Portstewart hotel and resort approval goes to court

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council “took their eyes off the rules” in approving a new £20 million hotel and leisure complex at the heart of the North West 200 race route at Portstewart, the High Court has heard. 

Belfast Telegraph

Tuam quarry ruling

The fate of a County Galway quarry near Tuam hangs in the balance after the Supreme Court ruled An Taisce (Ireland’s National Trust) is entitled to an order restraining its operation because it constitutes an unauthorised development.

Irish Times

Dunvegan town councillor corruption conviction quashed

A former Fine Gael town councillor in Dungarvan who received the longest prison sentence for planning corruption ever handed down by Irish courts has won a Supreme Court order quashing his conviction.

Irish Independent

Hammersmith hotel consent quashed over daylighting issue

Failure to properly assess the impact on daylight at nearby homes of a new hotel led to the High Court quashing planning permission granted by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Local Government Lawyer

Horsham landowner fined for unauthorised work to listed building

Horsham District Council and Historic England have successfully prosecuted a landowner for unauthorised works to a listed building and scheduled monument at Shermanbury in a case that resulted in a fine and costs totalling over £82,000.

Local Government Lawyer

Leominster poultry farm sees off court challenge

A Herefordshire councillor has lost a High Court battle over planning permission for a poultry farm involving buildings for 82,500 chickens at Bush Bank near Leominster.

Local Government Lawyer