Environmental assessment

A failure to follow environmental assessment requirements is not necessarily fatal to a planning decision provided the planning authority has all the relevant environmental information before it grants planning permission, the High Court has ruled.

The decision in R v Poole Borough Council ex parte Beebee and others (High Court, 21 December 1990, unreported) raises several important points of principle, but at the end of the day underlines a general reluctance of British courts to interfere with the exercise of discretionary powers by administrative bodies.

The case concerned a grant of planning permission by Poole Borough Council to itself for housing development on an area

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