Planning and pollution control

Ever since the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution published its seminal fifth report on air pollution in 1976, the relationship between planning controls and more specialised pollution control laws has been a subject of considerable legal and political interest. A recent decision of the High Court has raised the issue again, and revealed some potentially disturbing problems.

Ynys Mon Borough Council v Secretary of State for Wales and Jones Bros (J Planning & Env Law, March 1993) concerned a proposal to build six houses near Holyhead. The local planning authority had refused permission on the grounds that the local sewerage system, which discharged untreated sewage into coastal waters, was inadequate. The proposed development would have connected to that system and in its view exacerbated an already unsatis

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