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Legal news: Council hit by interim injunction over felling of trees as part of £2.2bn project

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 6 February-12 February, 2016

West Sussex housing scheme is turned down at appeal again

Communities secretary Greg Clark has rejected a proposal for a significant housing and mixed-use development in Sayers Common, West Sussex. It had already been rejected by Clark’s predecessor for conflicting with a neighbourhood plan – a decision quashed by the High Court.

The Planner

Council hit by interim injunction over felling of trees as part of £2.2bn project

A campaigner has secured an interim High Court injunction prohibiting the felling of further street trees in Sheffield by the city council or its contractor Amey as part of the controversial ‘Streets Ahead’ project.

Local Government Lawyer

Heritage campaigners submit another challenge to £35m Lime Street plans

Heritage campaigners fighting to block the £35 million redevelopment of Liverpool’s Lime Street area have submitted a new legal challenge to the scheme. SAVE Britain’s Heritage’s latest bid involves the Court of Appeal.

Liverpool Echo

TfL sees off judicial review challenge over construction of cycle superhighway

Transport for London has defeated a High Court challenge brought by taxi drivers over the so-called East West Cycle Superhighway scheme which partly centred on whether the project needed planning permission.

Local Government Lawyer

High Court dismisses Offaly wind farm challenge

A legal challenge by local residents to a €120 million wind farm in County Offaly has been dismissed by the High Court. The residents claimed it would affect their mental health, property prices, and the habitat of the Whooper swan.

Irish Times

Villagers’ legal action over sea-threatened Fairbourne

Villagers in Fairbourne, Gwynedd, are set to launch legal action against plans that could see their village abandoned to the sea as a result of managed retreat under the council's shoreline management strategy.

BBC News

Property developer who ‘vandalised’ mansion behind the hymn All Things Bright And Beautiful goes bankrupt

The property developer who was fined £60,000 and ordered to pay costs of £240,000 following a three-year legal battle with the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority over planning offences involving an historic mansion has been declared bankrupt.

Wales Online