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Legal round-up: North Dublin docklands development height ruling; Sheffield City Council issues tree-lopping ‘mea culpa’

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of legal news: 17 October-23 October, 2020

North Dublin docklands development height ruling

The High Court has overturned a fresh approval from An Bord Pleanála, which had allowed an increase in the height of two blocks of flats in a development of 500 flats/co-living spaces in the north docklands. This followed a challenge by the city council.

Irish Times

Sheffield City Council issues tree lopping mea culpa

Sheffield City Council has issued an apology after the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman issued a report accusing the local authority of not, at times, acting with openness and transparency when removing trees across the city, and when dealing with people’s complaints about that work.

Local Government Lawyer

Supreme Court rejects Huddersfield allotment appeal

The Supreme Court has refused permission to appeal a Court of Appeal ruling that land used for allotments in Huddersfield for more than 80 years had not been subject of an appropriation for that use and so a council could dispose of the land without the consent of the secretary of state.

Local Government Lawyer

Judicial review allowed over Norfolk offshore wind farm DCO

A Norfolk resident has obtained permission from the High Court to challenge a decision by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to grant development consent for the Norfolk Vanguard wind farm because, it is claimed, cumulative effects were not considered.

Local Government Lawyer

Manston Airport DCO goes to court

A High Court judge has granted campaigner Jenny Dawes permission to bring a JR challenge over the UK government’s granting of a development consent order for Manston Airport in Kent contrary to the recommendation of the planning inspector who handled the application.

Local Government Lawyer

Islington offers deal to end tree protest

The London Borough of Islington has offered to plant trees to a value equivalent to the legal costs it would incur in moving protesters if they voluntarily stop occupying a copse due to be felled to make way for a development of 27 council houses.

Local Government Lawyer

Worcestershire restaurant sunroom ruling

A restaurant in Clent, Worcestershire, has won an appeal over whether it must demolish a sunroom built in breach of the planning consent granted by Bromsgrove District Council.

Local Government Lawyer