Belfast Telegraph

DoE wins in airport car park legal row

BY ALAN ERWIN

The Department of the Environment has won its legal challenge to planning permission being granted for a car park near Belfast International Airport.

A High Court judge quashed the decision to give the green light for the facilities after backing claims that separate policy statements were not properly balanced.

Mr Justice Treacy's ruling could now impact on operation of part of the Easipark site at Crooked Stone Road, Aldergrove.

Enforcement proceedings had been issued by the department over the alleged unauthorised use of land for the business.

But in January last year a Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) upheld a challenge by operator Alan Hyde to the DoE's move.

The PAC held that the development breached a planning policy statement (PPS3) dealing with access, movement and parking.

However, it allowed the appeal after further ruling that the scheme complied with PPS21, which deals with impact on the countryside.

Those determinations led to the department issuing judicial review proceedings against the PAC.

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