When is a plant not a power plant? – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted August 1st, 2019 in construction industry, energy, news, statutory interpretation, waste by tracey

‘When it is a plant thermally treating waste. Or is it still a power plant? This was the question that Mr Jonathan Acton Davis QC had to grapple with in Engie Fabricom UK Ltd v MW High Tech Projects UK Ltd. As is often the case when it comes to the exclusions under section 105(2) of the Construction Act 1996, the answer was as clear as mud!’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 30th July 2019

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Legal Update: Section 73 Applications – No. 5 Chambers

Posted July 3rd, 2019 in energy, news, planning, road safety by sally

‘The planning permission is secured, the conditions are in place, now all that’s left is to commence development, right? Not necessarily. As planners you’ll be keenly aware that the road to development is not always smooth. Unexpected events occur, problems arise, and sometimes once permission has been obtained people are unable to comply with conditions or have a change of heart. Luckily, there are options available which do not necessarily mean going back to the drawing board.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 2oth June 2019

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Anti-fracking activists breached injunction, judge rules – The Guardian

‘Three anti-fracking protesters have been found to have breached an injunction designed to stop them demonstrating outside a fracking site in Lancashire, which they say has a “chilling effect on the right to peaceful protest”.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2019

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Cadent handed record £44m penalty after customers left without gas – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2019 in compensation, detention, duty of care, energy, inquiries, news by tracey

‘Ofgem takes action after tower block residents had no supplies for up to five months.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2019

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“Persons unknown” injunctions against future protest action – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In Boyd & Anor v Ineos Upstream Ltd & Ors [2019] EWCA Civ 515, the Court of Appeal handed down a fascinating judgment exploring the tension between the exercise of the rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression and the protection of property rights.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th April 2019

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Protesters hail legal victory over fracking firm’s injunction – The Guardian

‘Campaigners have hailed a legal victory against a multinational company that took out a “draconian and anti-democratic” injunction against protesters.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2019

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Mixed fortunes for UK government in planning rulings – OUT-LAW.com

‘The UK government has successfully defended a legal challenge against its decision to adopt a new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in England last year, but guidance contained in that framework concerning ‘fracking’ has been ruled to be unlawful.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th March 2019

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Fracking: Government guidance ‘unlawful’ rules High Court – BBC News

‘New government guidance on fracking is unlawful, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 6th March 2019

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The Cost Of Sickness: Mental Health Conditions Cost People Over £1000 A Year – Rights Info

Posted March 6th, 2019 in energy, internet, mental health, news, utilities by sally

‘A person suffering from mental health issues could be paying as much as £1,100 to £1,550 a year more than someone without a condition on necessities such as phone, internet and electricity bills, according to new research by Citizens Advice.’

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Rights Info, 4th March 2019

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Anti-fracking campaigner loses challenge over refusal by inspector to adjourn – Local Government Lawyer

‘A campaigner against fracking has failed in a High Court claim that a planning inspector’s refusal to adjourn an inquiry was a breach of the rules of natural justice.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th February 2019

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GCHQ spy centre falls foul of law – over environmental permit – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2019 in energy, environmental protection, intelligence services, licensing, news by sally

‘The UK government’s internet surveillance centre, GCHQ, may be aware of many things, but the need for an environmental permit for its backup power generators is not among them. The site’s generators do not have the necessary paperwork and so are being run unlawfully, it has been revealed.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2019

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Energy suppliers to face tighter rules, says Ofgem – BBC News

Posted January 9th, 2019 in consumer protection, energy, licensing, news by sally

‘Energy regulator Ofgem is to tighten up the rules for new suppliers of gas and electricity after nine new entrants ceased trading.’

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BBC News, 9th January 2019

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UK fracking policy faces court challenges – The Guardian

‘Ministers face a pair of legal challenges to their planning rules on fracking this week, from a national environmental group and the son of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2018

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High Court rules that Mineral Planning Authorities are not bound by statutory definition of fracking and can apply their own wider definitions – Garden Court Chambers

‘Councillor Paul Andrews was seeking permission at the High Court on 5 November 2018 to judicially review the Government’s decision to issue a written ministerial statement (WMS) on 17 May 2018 regarding the way in which local authorities should determine planning applications for fracking operations.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 6th November 2018

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Coal mine could be built next to one of Northumberland’s most beautiful beaches after High Court appeal – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 11th, 2018 in appeals, energy, environmental protection, miners, news by sally

‘An opencast coal mine could be built next to one of Northumerbland’s most beautiful beaches after The Court of Appeal overturned Savid Javid’s decision to block the scheme.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th December 2018

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High Court: inspector entitled to approve revision to planning condition – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 5th, 2018 in energy, local government, news, planning, statutory interpretation by sally

‘A planning inspector did not exceed her authority when she granted permission to a wind turbine developer to build larger turbines than those provided for in the original planning permission, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th December 2018

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Government faces new legal challenge over plans to speed up fracking – The Guardian

Posted November 5th, 2018 in EC law, energy, environmental protection, fracking, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The government is facing a fresh legal challenge to its proposals to fast-track new fracking sites by loosening planning regulations.’

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The Guardian, 4th November 2018

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Injunction seeks to halt start of fracking at Lancashire site – BBC News

Posted October 8th, 2018 in energy, environmental protection, fracking, injunctions, news by sally

‘An injunction has been lodged to halt the start of fracking at one of the UK’s first horizontal exploration wells.’

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BBC News, 5th October 2018

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Government faces court action over ‘illegal’ planning policy – The Guardian

Posted September 4th, 2018 in energy, environmental protection, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The government is facing a legal challenge over its new planning policy, which campaigners say was illegally adopted because the government failed to assess its environmental impact.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2018

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Tribunal allows capital allowances claim on hydro-electric scheme – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 16th, 2018 in energy, news, taxation, tribunals by sally

‘Capital allowances were available on part of the expenditure incurred by energy company SSE on a hydro-electric scheme, the UK’s First-tier tax tribunal has decided.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th August 2018

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