Jan 18, 2022
High Court declaration in case concerning landfill site regulation by Environment Agency “went beyond the scope of the court’s functions”: Court of Appeal
A declaration by a High Court judge, which required the Environment Agency to achieve prescribed outcomes within a prescribed timetable in relation to a landfill site, went beyond the scope of the court's functions in dealing with a claim that the regulator was acting incompatibly with the Convention rights of a five-year-old boy with serious health problems, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Jan 17, 2022
Campaign group Friends of the Earth has filed papers in the High Court challenging the Government's Net Zero Strategy (NZS) and its Heat and Building Strategy over "lacklustre" commitments to tackling climate change, making the policy the subject of two separate legal challenges.
Jan 13, 2022
Environment law group ClientEarth has launched a legal action against the Government over what it calls an “inadequate” net zero strategy.
Dec 30, 2021
Judge gives permission for judicial review over grant of changed dredging licence for material from nuclear power station construction site
An umbrella organisation, acting for environmental groups, has secured permission for a judicial review of the Marine Management Organisation’s (MMO’s) decision to grant a changed licence for the deposit of 800,000 tonnes of dredged mud and sediment in the Severn estuary.
Dec 22, 2021
The Supreme Court has upheld a decision by a panel of three of its own judges that a lawyer was in contempt of court for disclosing the outcome of one of the court’s rulings to the public while it was in draft and subject to embargo, knowing that such disclosure was prohibited.
Dec 21, 2021
The Court of Appeal has allowed the Environment Agency’s appeal in a claim brought by a five-year-old boy with a chronic and serious respiratory condition who lives near a landfill site.
Dec 20, 2021
Court of Appeal dismisses challenge to introduction of changes to permitted development rights without strategic environmental assessment
The Court of Appeal has rejected a claim that it was unlawful for the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government as was to reform the planning legislation in England by making statutory instruments to adjust "permitted development" rights and to remove certain changes of use from the scope of development control, without undertaking a strategic environmental assessment.
Dec 08, 2021
Harry Spurr, a specialist in environmental, planning and other aspects of local government and regulatory law concerning the use of land, has joined St John’s Chambers.
Dec 02, 2021
A waste company wholly-owned by Neath Port Talbot Borough Council has been awarded damages exceeding £460,000 against a firm it contracted to remove waste from its refuse sites.
Dec 01, 2021
The Court of Appeal has given permission for an expedited appeal in the case concerning the impact of nitrates on new housing development in the Solent area.
Nov 22, 2021
A renewed application for a judicial review of the Environment Agency's decision to grant consent for the construction of a twin tunnel beneath an aquifer as part of works for HS2 has been refused permission by the High Court.
Nov 16, 2021
Court of Appeal hears challenge over whether council should have considered full climate impacts when approving drilling for oil
The Court of Appeal is this week hearing a key case on the lawful interpretation of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations and the end product of developments.
Nov 04, 2021
Environmental law charity calls on councils to match action with rhetoric of climate emergency declarations
The Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) has said that local authorities must show greater urgency to deliver the ambitions of their climate emergency declarations.