The Aarhus Compliance Committee has issued draft findings in communication ACCC/C/2014/100.

This communication alleged a failure by the United Kingdom to comply with its obligations under article 7 generally, and article 7 in conjunction with article 6(3) and (4) of the Aarhus Convention by failing to ensure public participation in relation to the decisions issued by the Secretary of State for Transport on 10 January 2012 in the Command Paper “High Speed Rail: Investing in Britain’s Future – Decisions and Next Steps”.

The case was heard in March 2016 and draft findings have just been issued.

The Committee found that there was no breach of the Convention. The draft findings can be found here.

The Committee previously rejected a linked complaint against the EU: ACCC/C/2014/101

James Maurici QC and Jacqueline Lean appeared for the UK Government in ACCC/C/2014/100 and ACCC/C/2014/101.

Charles Banner appeared for the Communicants in ACCC/C/2014/100 and ACCC/C/2014/101.

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