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Castletown Estates Ltd., Carmarthenshire County Council v. Welsh Ministers
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Data source:
Sabin Center
Court name:
High Court of Justice
Seat of court:
England and Wales
Reference number:
[2013] EWHC 3293
Claimants challenged the decision by the Welsh Ministers to refuse to grant a planning permit for a mixed-use redevelopment, alleging that the Ministers used inaccurate flood and development advice maps to assess the risk of flooding. At issue was the precautionary approach employed by the Minister to take into account climate change to assess future flood risks. The court found that the Minister’s determination that there were impermissible flood risks at the site was fair and reasonable. The application for appeal was dismissed.

Key environmental legal questions:

Challenge planning permit denial
Suits against governments; Environmental assessment and permitting; Climate adaptation