Judge quashes grant of permission for holiday park over failure to give reasons – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 19th, 2018 in appeals, environmental protection, news, planning, reasons by sally

‘A Planning Court judge has quashed Shepway District Council’s grant of planning permission for a holiday park in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th February 2018

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Supreme Court: Environment Agency must compensate fisherman for ‘disproportionate’ fishing restrictions – OUT-LAW.com

‘The Environment Agency (EA) must compensate a fisherman for the “severe and disproportionate” effect of conditions imposed on his fishing license limiting the number of fish he can catch in one year, the UK Supreme Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th February 2018

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CIGI: Brexit, Brexatom, the Environment and Future International Relations (Stephen Tromans QC) – 39 Essex Chambers

Posted February 2nd, 2018 in EC law, environmental protection, news by sally

‘The terms of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union remain vague and fluid at the time of writing. However, it is clear that the prospect has given rise to concern as to the future shape and effectiveness of environmental law following Brexit. EU environmental law, as it has evolved and expanded since the early 1970s, has exerted a profound influence over the law of the United Kingdom, and has in many areas resulted in entrenched environmental problems being tackled and environmental standards being improved.’

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39 Essex Chambers, January 2018

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Air pollution will damage UK health for ‘many years’, court told – The Guardian

‘Air pollution will continue to take a heavy toll on people’s health for many years to come unless the UK government is forced once again to improve its action plan, the high court has been told.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2018

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Renewed calls for UK to tackle toxic air ahead of high court hearing – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in environmental protection, legislation, news, pollution by sally

‘The government is coming under renewed pressure to introduce a new Clean Air Act to tackle the UK’s toxic levels of air pollution.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2018

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DEFRA consults on allowing councils to fine people over fly-tipping – Local Government Lawyer

‘Local authorities could have the option of fining those whose waste ends up fly-tipped or illegally dumped rather than having to pursue them through the courts, under proposals put out for consultation by the Government today.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th January 2018

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Judges reject fracking appeals but campaigner vows to go to Supreme Court – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 15th, 2018 in appeals, energy, environmental protection, local government, news, planning by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected a legal challenge to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government’s decision to grant planning permission for exploration works to test the feasibility of “fracking” at two sites in Lancashire.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th January 2018

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Householders could face fines for using fly-tippers – The Guardian

Posted January 15th, 2018 in environmental protection, fines, local government, news, waste by sally

‘Households whose rubbish ends up being dumped illegally by unauthorised disposal companies could face fines under plans being considered by the government.’

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The Guardian, 15th January 2018

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Brexit bill may have broken international environment law, says UN – The Guardian

Posted January 10th, 2018 in bills, consultations, EC law, environmental protection, international law, news by sally

‘The British government may have breached a major “environmental democracy” law by failing to consult the public when drawing up Brexit legislation.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2018

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Plastic bag charge: 5p levy could be extended in England – BBC News

Posted January 10th, 2018 in environmental protection, news by sally

‘The 5p charge for plastic bags in large shops in England could be extended to cover nearly all retailers, as part of government plans for the environment.’

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BBC News, 10th January 2018

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Animals to be banned from English circuses – The Independent

Posted January 9th, 2018 in animals, consultations, environmental protection, news by sally

‘Wild animals will be banned from circuses in England under plans reportedly due to be announced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove.’

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The Independent, 9th January 2018

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Plastic microbeads ban enters force in UK – The Guardian

Posted January 9th, 2018 in environmental protection, news, waste, water by sally

‘Plastic microbeads can no longer be used in cosmetics and personal care products in the UK, after a long-promised ban came into effect on Tuesday. The ban initially bars the manufacture of such products and a ban on sales will follow in July.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2018

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INEOS Upstream Ltd & Ors v Persons Unknown [2017] EWHC 2945 (Ch) – Falcon Chambers

Posted December 8th, 2017 in demonstrations, energy, environmental protection, injunctions, news by sally

‘Acting for the UK’s largest holder of licences for onshore shale gas exploration, and a number of private individuals, Janet Bignell QC and Gavin Bennison have successfully obtained the long-term continuation of interim injunctions restraining a wide range of unlawful conduct by protestors opposed to hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’). The injunctions were initially obtained on an ex parte basis in July 2017, and continuation was secured with only minor modification at an opposed hearing on 12 September 2017. At a three-day hearing in November 2017 before Morgan J which attracted considerable media interest, the claimants resisted applications to discharge the injunctions brought by two well-known “anti-fracking” campaigners.’

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Falcon Chambers, December 2017

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Reasons – Local Government Law

Posted December 8th, 2017 in environmental protection, local government, news, planning, reasons by sally

‘In Dover District Council v CPRE Kent [2017] UKSC 79 the Supreme Court reviewed various statutory rules relating to the provision of reasons for planning decisions, observing that these rules are to be found in subordinate legislation and that it is hard to detect a coherent approach to their development. The three main categories of planning decision are: (i) decisions of Secretaries of State and inspectors, (ii) decisions by local planning authorities in connection with planning permission, and (iii) decisions, at any level, on applications for EIA development.’

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Local Government Law, 6th December 2017

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted December 8th, 2017 in agriculture, consultations, enforcement, environmental protection, news, planning by sally

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update Christopher Badger and Charles Morgan consider the Environment Agency’s consultation on a new Enforcement and Sanctions Policy, an inquiry into Green Finance by the Environmental Audit Committee and new farming rules for water.’

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Six Pump Court, 4th December 2017

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in climate change, energy, environmental protection, news, regulations, roads, transport by sally

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update William Upton, Nicholas Ostrowski, Frances Lawson and Mark Davies consider the failure of Highways England’s plan for a Kent Lorry Park, the recent publication of the Environment Agency’s Enforcement and Sanctions Guidance, revisions to the EU ETS and the Powering Past Coal Alliance, and the new Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017.’

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Six Pump Court, 20th November 2017

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CPRC: no need yet for new privacy rule on costs in environmental cases – Litigation Futures

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in civil procedure rules, costs, environmental protection, news, privacy by sally

‘There is no immediate need for the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) to introduce a new privacy rule for certain costs issues in environmental cases as it could conflict with its open justice review, it has decided.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd November 2017

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UK government proposes independent body to advise on post-Brexit environmental issues – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 21st, 2017 in consultations, environmental protection, news by sally

‘The UK government is to consult on the formation of an independent body to hold it to account for upholding environmental standards in England following the withdrawal from the EU.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th November 2017

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Trader jailed for offering to sell elephant tusks and rhino horns – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted November 10th, 2017 in animals, environmental protection, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘An illegal trader who offered to sell elephant tusks, rhino horns, and hippopotamus teeth has been jailed for a total of 14 months after breaking wildlife protection laws.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th November 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

UK government sued for third time over deadly air pollution – The Guardian

‘The UK government is being sued for a third time over the widespread illegal levels of air pollution, which cause 40,000 early deaths every year.’

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The Guardian, 7th November 2017

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