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Couple's court triumph over farm development

BY ALAN ERWIN

A Co Antrim couple have won their High Court battle to stop development on a neighbouring farm.

Leslie Millar had been granted planning permission to build an additional dwelling and garage on his land outside Lisburn.

But following a legal challenge by David and Elaine Lamont a judge quashed that decision.

Judicial review proceedings centred on 2011 approval for development on Mr Millar's holding close to the Ballyclough Road.

Part of his land, including a stable building in a field, is adjacent to the Lamonts' house.

Objections to his application were based on a claim that it did not comply with a planning policy statement on sustainable development in the countryside.

Lawyers for the Lamonts argued that the Department of the Environment's Planning Service had not properly interpreted and applied the relevant provisions.

Quashing the decision to grant planning permission, Mr Justice Treacy said: "At all material times the decision-makers either did not have regard for the policy or did not understand the policy and for this reason cannot have lawfully departed from it."

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