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Breakfast Briefing - Aarhus Convention Costs Capping

High Court departs from previous practice by granting a Parish Council a costs cap in a s288 challenge, concerning development requiring an appropriate assessment under the Habitats Directive but not an EIA.

In Crondall Parish Council v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and Others [2018] EWHC 3900, the High Court confirmed that the claimant, a parish council, was entitled to an Aarhus costs cap in a s288 application to quash an inspector's decision permitting a housing scheme that was not "EIA development".

This judgment may have the effect of considerably extending the scope of the Aarhus Convention costs capping provisions. It is often argued by defendants, facing applications for an Aarhus costs cap, that a parish council is not a "member of the public" entitled to rely upon the Aarhus Convention and that a s288 application cannot fall within the prescriptive definition of Aarhus Convention Claim under the Civil Procedure Rules. It is also notable that the High Court accepted that the claim fell within Article 9(2) of the Aarhus Convention - and was, therefore, an Aarhus Convention Claim - on the basis that one of the grounds of challenge in the application was that an appropriate assessment under the Habitats Directive should have been carried out to assess potential significant effects on a Special Protection Area.

Gregory Jones QC, and Horatio Waller (who acts for the claimant in the case), will deliver a breakfast briefing covering the implications of the decision as well as an update on Aarhus Convention costs capping case-law.

Registraton over coffee and croissants from 8.00am.  Briefing from 8.30 - 9.30am.

Venue: Francis Taylor Building, Inner Temple, London, EC4Y 7BY
Event Speakers: Gregory Jones QC, Horatio Waller
CPD: 1 point
Cost: There is no charge to attend but places must be reserved in advance Book now

** Fully Subscribed ** Quarterly Environmental Law Update, 8 May 2019

This three hour afternoon seminar will provide a review and update on environmental developments. 
The seminar will start promptly at 2pm and will finish by 5pm. It will be followed by a short drinks reception.

The seminar will be chaired by James Pereira QC

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Venue: Francis Taylor Building, Inner Temple, London, EC4Y 7BY
Event Speakers: James Pereira QC, John Jolliffe, Ned Westaway, David Graham
CPD: 2 CPD Points
Cost: There is no charge to attend this event Book now