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Legal briefs: Wind farm permission in Cork quashed, £1.7m land banking scam

Words: Roger Milne
Courtroom Gavel - legal changes that affect planners

A round-up of legal news: 2 January-9 January 2015

An Bord Pleanála permission for wind farm in Cork quashed

An Irish judge has ruled that planning permission should not have been granted by An Bord Pleanála for a wind farm requiring a grid connection unless the grid connection details were provided in the environmental Impact assessment (EIA) process. The case related to a six-turbine wind farm at Ballingeary, County Cork, one of a number of Irish wind farm permissions that are currently being challenged in the courts.

Irish Planning News 

Council sees off attack by neighbour on permission for major urban extension

Lupton Borough Council has failed in a judicial review challenge to Central Bedfordshire Council about approval for a sustainable urban extension at Houghton Regis on 262 hectares of green belt.

Local Government Lawyer 

District fends off judicial review attack on neighourhood plan decision

Aylesbury Vale District Council has successfully seen off a challenge by developer Gladman to its decision to make a neighbourhood plan for Winslow, a Buckinghamshire market town with 4,500 residents.

Local Government Lawyer 

Director disqualified for £1.7 million land banking scam that left customers with almost worthless land

A company director who ran an extensive land banking scam through his three companies misled members of the public into parting with at least £1.7 million for small plots of land of little value and less chance of obtaining planning permission for lucrative development. He has been disqualified from being a company director for 14 years.


Edinburgh Woollen Mill's Phillip Day loses woodland damage fine appeal

A clothing tycoon has lost appeals against his conviction and fine for damaging ancient Cumbrian woodland that had been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

BBC News