Conservation law - sites of special scientific interest

The outcome of the first reported High Court case concerning the protection of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) suggests that the judiciary will take a generous approach towards statutory interpretation in this area.

Sweet v Secretary of State for the Environment and the Nature Conservancy Council (NCC) (decided earlier this year, but only just fully reported in J Planning & Environmental Law, December 1989, 927) concerned the Westhay Moor (Somerset) Nature Conservation Order made by the Environment Secretary on 17 June 1987 under section 29 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The land included within the Order comprised three meadows and ass

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