Wetlands protection law delays building of new homes in England – The Guardian

‘A legal requirement that new houses do not pollute nearby wetlands, rivers and nature reserves has halted development across a swath of England.’

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The Guardian, 2nd May 2022

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EV charging infrastructure – landlord and tenant issues – Practical Law: Construction Blog

‘In the second blog in our series looking at common questions we receive on the roll out of EV infrastructure, we focus on two queries we regularly see in the context of landlord and tenant relations.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 26th April 2022

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EV charging infrastructure – Practical Law: Construction Blog

‘The EV infrastructure roll out to meet the government’s 2030 target of ending sales of all new petrol and diesel cars is well underway with the private sector rolling out digital charging “at pace”. At the end of March, the government published plans to supercharge progress (more on this below) with promises to do more to encourage private investment so activity in what is already a thriving sector looks likely to intensify. With this is mind, we thought it would be interesting to look at some common queries we receive from clients already active in this sector.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 20th April 2022

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Insulate Britain members disrupt trial by gluing hands to court furniture – The Guardian

‘Three members of Insulate Britain have disrupted a magistrates court trial, gluing their hands to court furniture and paying tribute to the environmental activist who died after setting himself on fire outside the US supreme court.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 2022

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Case Comment: Her Majesty’s Attorney General v Crosland [2021] UKSC 58 – UKSC Blog

‘Mr Crosland appealed against a decision of the Supreme Court in which he was ordered to pay a fine of £5,000 to HM Paymaster General, and costs of a further £15,000, for contempt of court. The court at first instance (“First Instance Panel”) was satisfied that Mr Crosland committed contempt of court by disclosing the outcome of the court’s judgment in R (on the application of Friends of the Earth) v Heathrow Airport Ltd [2020] UKSC 52 (“Heathrow Judgment”) whilst still in draft and subject to embargo.’

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UKSC Blog, 26th April 2022

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Insulate Britain declares courts ‘site of civil resistance’, saying legal system not legitimate – The Independent

‘Climate protest group Insulate Britain has declared Britain’s courts “a site of non-violent civil resistance”, saying the UK legal system no longer has any legitimacy.’

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The Independent, April 2022

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Trial of Extinction Rebellion co-founder delayed pending High Court judgment – The Independent

‘The criminal damage trial of the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion has been delayed pending a High Court judgment over the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol.’

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The Independent, 19th April 2022

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EPA prosecution costs – Nearly Legal

‘A judicial review of a Magistrates Court decision on costs in a section 82 Environmental Protection Act 1990 prosecution.’

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Nearly Legal, 18th April 2022

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Breach of injunction preventing works on woodland site sees landowner receive jail sentence – Local Government Lawyer

‘A landowner in Kent has been given a custodial term of eight months imprisonment, with two months immediate custody and six suspended for 18 months, for breaching an injunction against works on an ancient woodland site.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th April 2022

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HS2 protestor’s conviction proportionate with human rights, High Court rules – OUT-LAW.com

‘The English and Welsh Divisional Court has found that it is proportionate to convict a protestor of trespass, providing potential reassurance to companies whose business is disrupted through protests.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th April 2022

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Adders and slowworms to gain extra protection under new system in England – The Guardian

‘Adders and slowworms will be among animals given extra protection under plans by the government to “streamline” the process for protecting nature-rich areas.’

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The Guardian, 29th March 2022

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Extinction Rebellion vicar protester has conviction quashed – BBC News

‘A vicar who took part in a peaceful Extinction Rebellion demonstration outside a Ministry of Defence site has had her conviction quashed.’

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BBC News, 24th March 2022

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Landowner facing legal action over ‘decimation’ of Herefordshire river – The Guardian

‘A landowner is facing legal action for what environmental regulators say is the decimation of a protected river.’

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The Guardian, 9th March 2022

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High Court gives permission for legal challenge to Net Zero and Heat and Buildings Strategies – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 8th, 2022 in charities, climate change, environmental protection, judicial review, news by tracey

‘Three campaign groups – Friends of the Earth, ClientEarth and the Good Law Project – have been given permission to bring a legal challenge in the High Court over the Government’s Net Zero and Heat and Buildings Strategies.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th March 2022

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Hinkley nuclear plant mud dumping in Severn faces legal challenge – BBC News

Posted March 8th, 2022 in energy, environmental protection, news, nuclear power, nuclear waste by tracey

‘Fears that contaminated mud is to be dumped in the Severn estuary are to be heard at the High Court on Tuesday.’

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BBC News, 8th March 2022

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Indirect effects and environmental impact assessment – Local Government Lawyer

‘In Finch the Court of Appeal has declined to define significant indirect effects for environmental impact assessment (EIA). Barristers at Cornerstone Barristers consider the ruling.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th March 2022

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English appeal court rules on assessment of indirect emissions in consent applications – OUT-LAW.com

‘Applications for planning permission for projects in England and Wales will need to provide “utmost clarity” on their potential indirect environmental impacts in the wake of a new court judgment.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st March 2022

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Environment Agency downgrading 93% of prosecutions for serious pollution – The Guardian

‘England’s Environment Agency has downgraded 93% of prosecutions for serious pollution over four years, despite recommendations from frontline staff for the perpetrators to face the highest sanction, a leaked report seen by the Guardian reveals.’

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The Guardian, 2nd March 2022

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Activists who occupied 100ft HS2 drilling rig convicted over protest – The Guardian

Posted February 22nd, 2022 in criminal damage, demonstrations, environmental protection, news, trespass by tracey

‘Two environmental activists have been convicted of charges relating to a protest against HS2 after occupying a 100ft-high drilling rig to highlight damage they claimed the rail project was causing to London’s drinking water supply.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2022

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UK drops ‘absurd’ case against Greenpeace for dropping rocks in sea – The Guardian

Posted February 8th, 2022 in demonstrations, environmental protection, fisheries, licensing, news, prosecutions by sally

‘The government agency charged with protecting the marine environment has dropped its case against Greenpeace over a protest intended to obstruct destructive fishing practices in UK coastal conservation areas.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2022

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