Condron - Ffos- y-fran mine

Victory for opencast protesters

A High Court judge in London quashed a Welsh assembly decision backing the Ffos-y-Fran scheme.

Elizabeth Condron launched a test case against a plan to extract 10m tonnes of coal over the next 17 years.

Mr Justice Lindsay said it was possible minister Carwyn Jones was "biased" in favour of the scheme and told the assembly government to reconsider.

Anger as judge stops opencast mine scheme

A HUGE row could now break out between the National Assembly and Whitehall after an anti-opencast mine protester won a landmark court ruling yesterday.

Elizabeth Condron of Merthyr Tydfil launched a judicial review of the Assembly's decision to grant planning permission to extract 10 million tonnes of coal from the Ffos-y-Fran site near her home over 17 years. Developers Miller Argent claim the scheme would bring 200 jobs and transform derelict land.

Campaign group ecstatic

CHRISTMAS was being celebrated early in Merthyr Tydfil this week as jubilant anti-opencast protestors toasted a remarkable victory over the National Assembly.

The news that members of the Parents and Residents Against Opencast campaign group had been waiting for came through yesterday morning.

Champagne was uncorked at the home of Elizabeth Condron, of Glasier Road, Twynyrodyn, who had brought a High Court action over what she saw as an unlawful decision to allow the Ffos-y-Fran mining scheme to go ahead.

Elizabeth Condron v. National Assembly for Wales (1) and Miller Argent (South Wales) Limited (2)

Claim No: CO/3117/2005

Neutral Citation Number: [2005] EWHC 3007 (Admin)

IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION

ADMINISTRATIVE COURT

 

Royal Courts of Justice

Strand, London, WC2A 2LL

 

Date: Wednesday, 21st December 2005

 

Before :

 

MR JUSTICE LINDSAY

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Between :

 

ELIZABETH CONDRON Claimant

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALES

 

 

MILLER ARGENT (SOUTH WALES) LTD

First

R (oao) Elizabeth Condron v (1) Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Coucil; (2) Caerphilly County Borough Council; (3) Miller Argent

Neutral Citation Number: [2010] EWCA Civ 534

Case No: C1/2009/0950
IN THE COURT OF APPEAL (CIVIL DIVISION)
ON APPEAL FROM THE QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION 
(ADMINISTRATIVE COURT)
Beatson J
Lower Court No. CO/10241/2008

Royal Courts of Justice
Strand, London, WC2A 2LL

Date: 20/05/2010
Before :

LADY JUSTICE ARDEN
LORD JUSTICE WILSON
and
MR JUSTICE HENDERSON
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Between :

Legislation update

A PLANNING case recently made it clear how seriously judges approach any appearance of bias by public decision-makers. The case concerned the grant of planning permission by the Welsh Assembly for a company to carry out open cast mining near Merthyr Tydfil. The proposed development had attracted public comment and concern which led to a challenge in the court by a campaigner — Mrs Condron.

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