A secretary of state decision to approve plans for a 158-turbine wind farm off the coast of Norfolk has been overturned by a High Court judge who ruled that the minister had failed in his duty to properly assess cumulative impacts from the scheme alongside those of a separate nearby wind farm project.
Campaigners fighting plans for 110 homes on part of a housing estate in south east London have said they have secured the right to a judicial review hearing aiming to overturn the local authority’s decision to approve the scheme.
The Supreme Court has backed a council’s decision to designate an area of concreted land owned and used by a port operator as a town or village green (TVG), dismissing the arguments that public enjoyment of the site and port operations were incompatible.
The High Court has backed an inspector’s decision to overturn a local authority refusal of plans for a 129-home mixed-use scheme on the site of a vacant South Oxfordshire business park, after a judge dismissed a town council’s arguments that the proposal would result in an unacceptable loss of employment land.
Plans for a 15,000-home ‘garden town’ near an atomic weapons facility in Berkshire could be in jeopardy after a High Court judge backed a local authority’s decision to extend a safety zone around the facility in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan.
The BBC has been fined £28,000 after illegally recording a hearing before the Planning Court and broadcasting part of it to half a million viewers, with a judge saying it “beggared belief” that experienced journalists had breached the strict ban on taping court proceedings.
Malvern Hills District Council has failed in a High Court bid to enforce removal of a historic steam-operated crane from its purpose-built home on a Worcestershire farm, after the judge backed an inspector’s view that it was “neither prominent nor alien” in the landscape.
Environmental pressure group ClientEarth has failed in a legal bid to block the development of two gas-fired power generation units at the Drax power station in North Yorkshire.
The granting by councillors of consent for an out-of-town centre retail scheme in Leeds despite officers warning of its likely adverse impacts has been backed by the Court of Appeal, after a judge ruled that the wording of the relevant national policy does not require decision-makers to automatically refuse such schemes.
The High Court has upheld planning permission for a mixed-use library and residential scheme in north west London despite an “unfortunate inaccuracy” in an officer’s report on whether the proposal conflicted with local policies on amenity space provision.