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Leave granted in gold mining judicial review

The High Court has granted permission for a judicial review to examine potential flaws in a pre-application consultation carried out by a gold mining company.

Permission for the case, against Northern Ireland’s Department of Infrastructure, was granted on the basis that the Department had failed to have regard to material considerations, including flaws in the pre-application community consultation process. 

The application for judicial review has been brought by Greencastle, Rouskey, Gortin Concerned Community (GRG).  If the judicial review is granted, it has the potential to halt plans to develop a gold mine in County Tyrone.

GRG’s solicitor, Andrew Ryan from TLT solicitors, said

‘This is the first judicial review of its kind in Northern Ireland and it is essential that there is a thorough examination of the procedures and the work of the Department for Infrastructure in allowing a planning application to be accepted and processed in view of the procedural and legal issues identified by GRG and its advisors.’

Environment Rights & Planning Law