Court dismisses challenge to decision granting planning permission for relocation of works at nuclear power station within AONB – No. 5 Chambers

‘The Claimant sought judicial review of the Council’s decision to grant planning permission for replacement facilities in respect of what is known as “Sizewell B” power station, part of the Sizewell power stations in Suffolk, in advance of a decision on whether or not to grant development consent for “Sizewell C”. The site lies within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB and the Suffolk Heritage Coast. The Sizewell Marshes SSSI lies immediately west and north of the site and within the western boundary lies Coronation Wood. The Claimant was Secretary and member of “Together Against Sizewell C”, a group which held concerns as to the sensitive nature of the environment around Sizewell and the impact of the Sizewell C project.’

Full Story

No. 5 Chambers, 8th October 2020


New Acts –

Posted June 27th, 2018 in EC law, legislation, nuclear power, treaties by tracey

European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018

Nuclear Safeguards Act 2018


UN asks UK to suspend work on Hinkley Point – The Guardian

‘A United Nations committee has asked the UK to suspend work on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset because of the government’s failure to consult with European countries over the project.’

Full story

The Guardian, 20th March 2017


The subtle hand of human rights – and more Aarhus – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 21st, 2016 in compensation, costs, human rights, news, nuclear power, planning by sally

‘This challenge was about a landowner not wishing to let those wishing to develop Sizewell C nuclear power station onto her land to carry out surveys and investigations. But it came down to a disagreement about the terms which such entry might occur. For s.53 Planning Act 2008 enables the Secretary of State to allow such entry, subject to conditions, and with the proviso that the landowner may claim compensation for “damage caused to lands or chattels” (s.53(7)) via a claim to the Upper Tribunal.’

Full story

UK Human Rights Blog, 20th October 2016


Changes to compensation for nuclear incidents published by UK government –

Posted March 9th, 2016 in accidents, compensation, news, nuclear power, treaties by tracey

‘Changes to the rules governing compensation for nuclear incidents will increase the amounts payable, as well as expand the categories of damage for which compensation may be claimed.’

Full story, 8th March 2016


Regina (An Taisce (The National Trust for Ireland)) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change – WLR Daily

Regina (An Taisce (The National Trust for Ireland)) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change [2014] EWCA Civ 1111; [2014] WLR (D) 367

‘The Secretary of State was not required by Parliament and Council Directive 2001/92/EC to conduct a transboundary consultation with the Republic of Ireland before granting planning permission to construct a nuclear power station near the Irish state if he was convinced that it was not “likely to have significant effects on the environment in another member state”, within article 7 of the Directive.’

WLR Daily, 1st August 2014


Airport expansion on ‘vital’ nature reserve to be challenged in court – The Independent

Posted May 29th, 2013 in airports, environmental protection, inquiries, news, nuclear power, planning by sally

“Controversial plans for a major extension to an airport which sits next to one of Britain’s most important nature reserves – as well as a nuclear power station – are to be challenged in court, it was announced today.”

Full story

The Independent, 28th May 2013


Nuclear providers to be liable for up to €1.2bn damage, Government confirms –

Posted April 3rd, 2012 in insurance, news, nuclear power, treaties by sally

“Nuclear operators are to be liable for damages amounting up to seven times the current limit in the event of a nuclear incident, the Government has confirmed.”

Full story, 3rd April 2012


Chris Huhne faces legal challenge over nuclear link to cancer in children – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2011 in EC law, health & safety, judicial review, news, nuclear power by sally

“The government has ordered an expansion of the UK’s nuclear programme without properly factoring in evidence that nuclear power stations cause an increase in cancer cases in children living nearby, according to a legal challenge in the high court.”

Full story

The Guardian, 25th March 2011


Government accused of breaking rules over Sellafield decommissioning plans – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2008 in news, nuclear power, nuclear waste by sally

“The government was last night under pressure from parliament’s most powerful watchdog committee to re-open consultations on the deal which has landed taxpayers with the bill for nuclear accidents and leaks when a private consortium takes over the decommissioning of Sellafield next month.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th October 2008


Nuclear power plan faces fresh legal threat – Financial Times

Posted December 11th, 2007 in news, nuclear power by sally

“Gordon Brown faces a dilemma on energy policy after a legal warning from Greenpeace, the environmental group, that a decision to approve a new generation of nuclear power stations would ‘not be lawful’.”

Full story

Financial Times, 10th December 2007