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Court: Queen's Bench Division (Planning Court)

Court dismisses challenge to planning permission concerning Dundonald Recreation Ground

R (Pinto) v London Borough of Merton [2018] EWHC 2027 (Admin)

The claimant brought this judicial review on behalf of the Dundonald Rec Tennis Club. On 2013 the defendant’s planning applications committee granted planning permission for the construction of additional facilities for the school and a multi-use sports area to replace existing tennis courts lost as a result of the construction works. The permission also provided […]

Challenge to cost amendments in environmental disputes

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds & Ors v Secretary of State for Justice & Anor [2017] EWHC 2309 (Admin)

The claimants brought an application for judicial review of the amendments which affected cost arrangements in environmental legal disputes and those that engage the Aarhus Convention. The Court held inter alia, that in relation to cost capping, the practice of the Court would be to expect any disputes in relation to the application of the Aarhus Costs Rules or the level of cost caps to be raised at the point of acknowledging service and resolved at the earliest possible stage.

Application for judicial review of fracking decision denied

Preston New Road Action Group & Ors v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government & Ors [2017] EWHC 808 (Admin)

Application for judicial review of the decision to approve Cuadrilla drilling for shale gas in Fylde. Although the Court was satisfied that permission should be granted for each of the grounds to be argued, it held that none of the grounds had been made out in substance, and so dismissed the claim.

Planning permission to carry out fracking challenged

R (Friends of the Earth Ltd & Ors) v North Yorkshire County Council [2016] EWHC 3303 (Admin)

Claimants challenged the decision by North Yorkshire County Council to grant planning permission to Third Energy to carry out fracking. The claimants submit, inter alia, that the council have unlawfully failed to take into account an assessment of climate change impacts.