News for April, 2014

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April 29, 2014

Department for Transport (DfT) publishes draft National Policy Statement on National Networks for consultation 16th Report of Session 2013-14

The National Policy Statement on National Networks, which the Department for Transport (DfT) has published in draft for consultation, sets out the policy against which the Secretary of State will make decisions on applications for development consent for nationally significant infrastructure projects on the strategic road and rail networks.

April 24, 2014

Europe's largest companies must become more transparent about how they operate

The European Commission has welcomed the adoption by the European Parliament on April 15 of the Directive on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by large companies and groups.

April 24, 2014

The Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014

The Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014 was published earlier this week and proposes to amend the Employment Permits Acts 2003 and 2006.

April 24, 2014

Mixed fortunes for turbine appeals

Proposals for single wind turbine wind farms in Cornwall and Cumbria have had mixed fortunes after Communities Secretary Eric Pickles recovered the appeals for determination.

April 24, 2014

PM calls for planning changes to deliver infrastructure

Prime Minister David Cameron has stressed the need for further measures to streamline the planning system.

April 24, 2014

UK Onshore Wind Power Will Lose Subsidies, Conservatives Say

The UK Conservative Party will end all subsidies to onshore wind power if they win the next election, a move that the industry said would end deployment of the country’s cheapest form of renewable energy.

April 17, 2014

CASE SUMMARY: O’Connell and anor v The Turf Club and anor

Judgment delivered by McGovern J on 3 April 2014, [2014] IEHC 175  Judicial Review – inquiry by Turf Club – Horseracing Industry Act 1994 – Arts 15.2 and 34.1 of the Constitution – estoppel – locus standi – natural justice – fair procedures – public law.

April 17, 2014

CASE SUMMARY: EPA v Greenstar Holdings Ltd (Partly in Receivership) and ors

Judgment delivered by Finlay Geoghegan J on 8 April 2014, [2014] IEHC 178  Statutory interpretation – Waste Management Act 1996 - Waste Framework Directive – Landfill Directive – landfill operator – licence – collection of monies – aftercare of facility – precautionary principle – polluter pays – licence conditions – insolvency - preliminary reference to CJEU – property rights.

April 16, 2014

The National Grid (North London Reinforcement Project) Order 2014 (SI 2014 No. 1052)

An application has been made to the Secretary of State in accordance with the Infrastructure Planning (Applications: Prescribed Forms and Procedures) Regulations 2009 for an Order under sections 114, 115 and 120 of the Planning Act 2008 (“the 2008 Act”).

April 14, 2014

Package of company law proposals includes a European "say on pay" for shareholders of largest companies

A package of measures comprising a proposal for the revision of the Shareholder Rights Directive, a Recommendation on corporate governance reporting, and a new Directive on single-member private limited liability companies was presented by the European Commission on April 9.

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