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Landmark barristers have appeared or advised for operators and/or the Environment Agency in many significant and high-profile cases concerning environmental permitting. Examples include:

  • R (Friends of the Earth) v Environment Agency – challenge to permit variation to enable fracking;
  • R (Department of Environment Northern Ireland) v Planning Appeals Commission – proper approach to fit and proper person test;
  • Inquiry into appeal against the refusal of a permit for incinerator bottom ash processing facility at Avonmouth, with issues concerning appropriate means to deal with odour, dust and noise;
  • Advice on permits for on-shore deep mining and waste-related developments (energy-from-waste), and increased charges for permitting.
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