Environmental Protection in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Nicola Squire v Shropshire Council
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 06 Jul 2018

    He was able to advise the Defendant Council, on the basis of his experience and expertise, that localised odour from manure spreading is short—lived where agricultural best practice takes place and that whilst stockpiled manure produces odour for a time until a crust forms thereafter there is little odour.

  • South Bucks District Council v Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions and another
    • House of Lords
    • 01 Jul 2004

    They must enable the reader to understand why the matter was decided as it was and what conclusions were reached on the "principal important controversial issues", disclosing how any issue of law or fact was resolved. The reasoning must not give rise to a substantial doubt as to whether the decision-maker erred in law, for example by misunderstanding some relevant policy or some other important matter or by failing to reach a rational decision on relevant grounds.

  • Environment Agency v Biffa Waste Services Ltd
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 12 Dic 2006

    I have set out the required monitoring methodology in detail because it demonstrates, first, the extent of the operator's duty to monitor and, secondly, the close co-operation contemplated between the operator and the officers of the Environment Agency in achieving environmental protection. The procedure provided does not support a construction of 2.6.12 which gives the first and last word in determining whether a breach of condition has occurred to the officer of the Agency.

  • South Lakeland District Council v Secretary of State for the Environment and Another
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 12 Mar 1991

    Second, the statute does not in terms require that a development must perform a preserving or enhancing function. The court is not here concerned with enhancement, but the ordinary meaning of "preserve" as a transitive verb is "to keep safe from harm or injury; to keep in safety, save, take care of, guard" (OED (2nd edn) Vol XII, P 404). In my judgment character or appearance can be said to be preserved where they are not harmed.

  • R (Winchester College) v Hampshire County Council
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 29 Abr 2008

    In my judgment, section 67(6) requires that, for the purposes of section 67(3), the application must be made strictly in accordance with paragraph 1. That is not to say that there is no scope for the application of the principle that the law is not concerned with very small things (de minimis non curat lex ). Indeed this principle is explicitly recognised in regulation 8(1) of the 1993 Regulations. Thus minor departures from paragraph 1 will not invalidate an application.

  • R (Zoolife International Ltd) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 17 Dic 2007

    In my view, these statements show clearly that academic issues cannot and should not be determined by courts unless there are exceptional circumstances such as where two conditions are satisfied in the type of application now before the court.

  • R (on the application of Langton) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 15 Ago 2018

    Further, as outlined earlier in the judgment, the points raised by those such as the claimant and ZSL had been considered over the years prior to the consultation and in some cases rejected in favour of supplementary culling, which was seen as a logical extension of the existing policy. As the decision-maker in June 2017, the Secretary of State had already been provided with the draft consultation document and guidance at the time of the December 2016 submission.

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