The Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland has reserved judgment in an appeal by Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland against Maguire J's decision last year upholding the Minister's decision not to issue a stop notice preventing sand and gravel extraction from Lough Neagh. The Lough is an EU protected site and SSSI. No planning permission exists and the development is schedule 1 under the EIA Directive. The minister issued an enforcement notice in May 2015 requiring the dredging to cease the within 1 day - the sand traders appealed suspending the notice. Extraction has continued for the last two years and is ongoing. No date has yet been set for an appeal hearing.
Gregory Jones QC appeared for Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland.