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Legal briefs: Welsh government concedes over air quality challenge; Traders crowdfund Seven Sisters station redevelopment fight

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 20 January-26 January, 2018

Welsh government concedes over air quality challenge

ClientEarth, the environmental organisation pursuing the UK and Welsh governments over illegal levels of air pollution, has announced that the Welsh administration has conceded that the lack of a plan to tackle air pollution was unlawful.


Traders crowdfund Seven Sisters station redevelopment fight

Traders in a mainly Latin American market sited above the UK capital’s Seven Sisters station, owned by Transport for London, have launched a crowdfunding campaign to prevent its demolition as part of a redevelopment proposal.

Local Government Lawyer

Court move over Bray homes knock-back

Cosgrave Property Group is preparing for court action to try to reverse An Bord Pleanála’s refusal to sanction the first phase of a massive housing scheme near Bray, one of the largest proposed residential developments south of the capital.

Irish Times

Welsh government land sale heads for court hearing

Welsh ministers have begun legal action against two firms that gave advice on a land sale criticised for not generating enough cash for the Welsh taxpayer

BBC Wales

Change to judicial review promptness rule could trigger more NI challenge

The recent removal of the reference to ‘promptness’ from the judicial review rules in Northern Ireland could have a real impact on decision-making and trigger more challenges to planning consents, a top lawyer has highlighted.


Galway wind farm fine looms for government

The Irish Republic is facing a fine of €1.7 million over the government’s failure to comply with an EU court judgment relating to the environmental impact assessment of the 70-turbine Derrybrien wind farm in Galway. 

Irish Independent

Brussels clears NAMA over distortion of Irish property market

The European Commission has found that NAMA did not breach EU state aid rules by providing certain property developers it supported with funding at preferential interest rates which other developers claimed distorted the Irish property market.

Irish Independent