12 Apr 2019

UK-registered firms face litigation for abuses by foreign subsidiaries Locked

Brownfield Briefing: A landmark case allowing alleged victims of mining pollution in Zambia to sue both the operator and its UK parent has succeeded.

Europe, UK
4 Apr 2019

Activists claim HS2 contractors ‘polluting’ Colne Valley site Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Protesters' counsel, defending aggravated trespass charges, claims work could endanger wildlife sites and drinking water.

21 Mar 2019

Go-ahead for Croydon tower block following climb-down Locked

Brownfield Briefing: MCHLG secretary James Brokenshire has admitted that he had no legal basis on which to block the application and that his ruling was invalid.

22 Feb 2019

Neighbourhood forum uses crowd sourcing for legal advice on targets Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Confusion over the correct housing targets and changes to planning regulations are main drivers.

6 Feb 2019

Call to reform Part 2a as Walsall’s ‘contaminated’ estates declared safe Locked

Brownfield Briefing: A new investigation which found there weren't grounds for a previous contaminated land determination has lead to a call for the Part 2a regime to be reformed.

13 Jan 2019

Sandridge pollution consultation opens Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The Environment Agency is consulting on the next stage of groundwater pollution remediation stemming from an old chemicals factory site in Sandridge in an ongoing case since 2005.

6 Dec 2018

High Court rules liability is not applicable to non-assigned site reports Locked

Brownfield Briefing: High Court judgement has ruled that a contaminated land site report could not be the subject of a claim in tort as the claimant had not requested its assignment with warranties.

22 Nov 2018

Print firm fined for turning river purple Locked

Brownfield Briefing: A Somerset packaging and print company has been fined £13,000 after polluting the River Yeo with waste ink.

22 Nov 2018

Government targets waste crime operators and mislabelling Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Those mislabelling waste to dodge tax rules are among those who should be fined, urges independent review.

15 Nov 2018

Are Scottish Land Register reform proposals full of holes? Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Draft regulations to increase transparency in land ownership could be vulnerable to legal chicanery.

12 Oct 2018

Ruling opens up NPPF “valued landscape” debate Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The dismissal of a 66-home housing scheme in Leicestershire may pave the way for greater landscape protection, in the absence of designation.

Europe, UK
11 Oct 2018

Hospital waste operator under criminal investigation Locked

Brownfield Briefing: A company that services the NHS has allegedly breached environmental permits on four sites that deal with clinical waste.

11 Oct 2018

Romford CCTV foils illegal waste dumping Locked

Brownfield Briefing: A Havering Borough Council camera caught a man dumping builder’s waste illegally onto private land in Essex.

5 Oct 2018

INEOS’ Harthill fracking site faces judicial review Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Submission of late traffic data used by local community group to force a judicial review.

Europe, UK
4 Oct 2018

Stirling land owner fined for asbestos violation Locked

Brownfield Briefing: George Adam has been ordered to pay £26,388 for waste offences at the former Cowie Road Landfill in Bannockburn.

27 Sep 2018

Nottingham firm fined £71,000 for odour and dust breaches Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Colson Transport Ltd was ordered to pay the fines and costs after waste stored on its site had an adverse effect on the lives of local residents.

13 Sep 2018

Walsall man ordered to pay £71,000 for illegal waste site Locked

Brownfield Briefing: He must pay £17,000 in costs, a £54,000 confiscation order, and complete 250 hours of unpaid work, according to the Environment Agency.

13 Sep 2018

Government faces court action over planning rules Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The Government has failed to conduct a strategic environmental assessment of the new planning rules, claims Friends of the Earth.

21 Aug 2018

Newcastle firm fined £12,000 for burning hazardous waste  Locked

Brownfield Briefing: North East Plant Sales Ltd has pled guilty to the open burning of waste and mixing hazardous and non-hazardous materials. 

20 Jul 2018

Regulations on locally led new towns enter into force Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Mixed reaction to amendments on new town creation.

20 Jul 2018

Waverley ‘inflated’ housing plan to face Judicial Review Locked

Brownfield Briefing: A decision by the secretary of state to increase the housing target in Waverley Borough Council’s Local Plan to satisfy ‘unmet need’ in the neighbouring borough of Woking faces Judicial Review amid concerns over number and landscape impact of new homes. 

12 Jul 2018

Network Rail loses landmark knotweed encroachment appeal Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Cardiff County Court has dismissed the rail body’s appeal after two Bridgend householders won their Japanese knotweed nuisance case.

12 Jul 2018

Slovakia hit by €1m landfill fine Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The EU Court of Justice has fined the country for failing to implement a site-conditioning plan at the Žilina–Považský Chlmec landfill site.

4 Jul 2018

Cornish firm fined for asbestos dumping Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Glebe Quarry Ltd has been fined £26,500 for the illegal dumping and handling of contaminated materials.

14 Jun 2018

Company loses £200,000 remediation limitation claim Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The firm had argued that it didn’t legally have to contribute to remedial work in Lincoln as the two-year limitation had passed.

14 Jun 2018

Sequential test judicial review quashed Locked

Brownfield Briefing: A High Court judge has upheld Colchester Borough Council’s decision to approve a major leisure-led development.

30 May 2018

London Mayor welcomes ruling on affordable housing Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The High Court decision backs Sadiq Khan’s threshold approach to affordable housing.

30 May 2018

SEPA hands out £49,000 in landfill fines Locked

Brownfield Briefing: A Strathblane landfill operator must pay £37,000 for illegal waste disposal and a Cumbernauld firm was fined £12,000 for failing to properly identify and describe waste.

23 May 2018

Potato pollution costs company £30,000 Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Rotting potatoes in a Norfolk warehouse resulted in river pollution that killed fish and invertebrates.

17 May 2018

Waste criminal given 26 months in prison Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The Worcester man dumped, buried, and burned about 26,000m³ of hazardous waste on his farm.