Met must respond to spy allegations in undercover police case, court rules – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police cannot use its policy of “neither confirm nor deny” in response to damages claims brought by women who claim they were tricked into forming relationships with undercover officers.’

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The Guardian, 2nd July 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Badger Trust given permission to challenge badger cull – BBC News

Posted July 2nd, 2014 in animals, environmental protection, judicial review, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘The Badger Trust has been granted permission for a judicial review to challenge the government’s plans to continue culling badgers this year.’

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BBC News, 1st July 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Environmental offences guideline comes into force – Sentencing Council

Posted July 1st, 2014 in environmental protection, news, sentencing, waste by sally

‘The new guideline for environmental offences comes into force today. It covers a variety of offences related to the disposal of waste and rubbish, mostly covered by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.’

Environmental Offences: Definitive Guidelines (PDF)

Sentencing Council, 1st July 2014

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

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Conservation Covenants – Law Commission

Posted June 27th, 2014 in covenants, environmental protection, reports by tracey

‘A report recommending a new statutory scheme be established to allow landowners to ensure the long-term conservation of features on their land such as forests, habitats and historic buildings.’

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Law Commission, 24th June 2014

Source: www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission

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‘Lost’ villages in Northamptonshire legally protected – BBC News

Posted June 18th, 2014 in environmental protection, monuments, news by sally

‘A series of deserted and shrunken medieval villages across Northamptonshire have been designated as scheduled monuments.’

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BBC News, 18th June 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Regina (Allensway Recycling Ltd and others) v Environment Agency – WLR Daily

Posted May 29th, 2014 in environmental protection, law reports, notification, warrants, waste by michael

Regina (Allensway Recycling Ltd and others) v Environment Agency [2014] EWHC 1638 (Admin);  [2014] WLR (D)  225

‘Section 108(6) of the Environment Act 1995, when read together with Schedule 18 to that Act, only required seven days’ notice to have been given prior to the issue of a warrant for entry and inspection relating to residential premises where that warrant was to be issued under conditions (a) or (b) of paragraph 2(2) of the Schedule. There was no such notice requirement in relation to a warrant issued under conditions (c), (d) or (e).’

WLR Daily, 21st May 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Legal challenge to controversial herring gull cull dismissed by judge – The Guardian

‘A controversial cull of thousands of gulls in the UK will go ahead after a legal challenge by conservationists failed.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Golf course judicial review case reversed on appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Court of Appeal has reversed the robustly expressed view of Haddon-Cave J (see my post here) that the grant of planning permission to a proposed “exclusive” golf club in Surrey should be quashed.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th May 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.co.uk

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High Speed 2, Hybrid Bills and Environmental Impact Assessment – Thirty Nine Essex Street

‘This paper considers the hybrid bill process, as occasionally used to promote major infrastructure projects, and how this interacts with the Environmental Impact Assessment regime. In particular it deals with the current High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill, which is seeking powers to build and operate Phase I of the High Speed 2 railway (“the HS2 Bill”).’

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Thirty Nine Essex Street, May 2014

Source: www.39essex.com

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Council defeats developers in High Court skirmish over neighbourhood plan – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has today rejected a judicial review challenge brought by three national housebuilders over a council’s decision to agree to put a draft neighbourhood plan to a referendum.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th May 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Council wins appeal over quashing of golf course planning permission – Local Government Lawyer

‘A local authority and a developer have won their appeal over a High Court ruling that quashed planning permission for a controversial hotel and golf complex in the Surrey Hills.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th May 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Legal professional privilege does not automatically engage an EIR exception – Panopticon

‘FOIA provides an exemption (s. 42) expressly for legal professional privilege; as is well known, there is ‘strong inherent weight’ in maintaining that exemption. What about the EIRs? LPP is not expressly mentioned, but regulation 12(5)(b) EIR applies to information the disclosure of which would adversely affect “the course of justice, the ability of a person to receive a fair trial or the ability of a public authority to conduct an inquiry of a criminal or disciplinary nature”. Does information attracting LPP automatically come within that exception? Many practitioners operate on the assumption that the answer is ‘yes’. The Upper Tribunal has on a previous occasion, however, left that question open: DCLG v IC and Robinson [2012] UKUT 103 (AAC); [2012] 2 Info LR 43.’

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Panopticon, 6th May 2014

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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High Court challenge to Solihull Local Plan succeeds in relation to housing numbers and green belt boundaries – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in environmental protection, housing, news, planning by tracey

‘A planning inspector’s approach to the policy requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in relation to housing provision in a local plan was not correct or lawful, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st May 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

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Chagossians update – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The appeal is against the decision of the Divisional Court in Bancoult v. FCO (read judgment and see my post here). Mr Bancoult had said that the decision to create the MPA was flawed by having an improper purpose (to stymie the Chagossians’ claims for resettlement), by inadequate consultation, and being a breach of an EU obligation to promote the economic and social development of the islands. The Court ruled against all these claims.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th April 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Planning Practice Guidance: An Overview – No. 5 Chambers

Posted March 26th, 2014 in environmental protection, housing, local government, news, planning by sally

‘On 6 March Nick Boles announced the launch of the new Planning Practice Guidance (‘PPG’). The guidance has been in draft ‘Beta’ format since 28 August 2013. It follows a review of planning policy guidance undertaken by Lord Taylor of Goss Moor which began in October 2012. This note is intended to provide a brief overview of the guidance and some of its key features.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 10th March 2014

Source: www.no5.com

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Prince Charles, the Guardian and the Unreasonable Veto – Panopticon

‘As promised last week, this post contains a slightly fuller account of the Court of Appeal’s judgment in R (Evans) v HM Attorney General [2014] EWCA Civ 254. The history of the case is manifold and has been covered on this blog innumerable times (see: here, here and here). In essence, the Upper Tribunal held in a very lengthy judgment that some of the correspondence written by Prince Charles to various governmental departments ought to be disclosed in the public interest. The Attorney General then issued his statement of reasons under section 53 FOIA, which has the effect of vetoing the judicial decision. On any view, the veto is a highly unusual provision. The Divisional Court dismissed the judicial review of that veto. Mr Evans, a Guardian journalist, appealed.’

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Panopticon, 18th March 2014

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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Anti-fracking campaigners challenge eviction attempt in court – The Guardian

‘Anti-fracking protesters who have been camping by a drill site in Greater Manchester since late October have appeared in court to challenge attempts to evict them.’

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The Guardian, 6th March 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Wind farms: ‘Inspector Blight’ criticised by senior judges – Daily Telegraph

‘Paul Griffiths, a planning inspector nicknamed “Inspector Blight” because of the number of wind farms he has approved, is criticised in a Court of Appeal judgement over his interpretation of guidelines’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th February 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Sentencing Council launches new definitive guideline for environmental offences – Sentencing Council

Posted February 26th, 2014 in codes of practice, environmental protection, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council is publishing a new guideline for judges and magistrates on the sentencing of environmental offences.’

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Sentencing Council, 26th February 2014

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

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Aarhus: CJEU rules against UK costs regime – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Litigation costs are troublesome, but they are particularly difficult in environmental cases where the claimant is not necessarily pursuing his private interests. This case is the result of a long-running and successful campaign by NGOs to persuade the EU Commission to investigate UK environmental legal costs. The main finding may not bother the UK too much, because wisely it saw this one coming and changed costs rules in environmental public law cases. But a subsidiary ruling about cross-undertakings as to damages will cause the courts, if not the Government, to rethink things.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th February 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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