The Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) was approached by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (YWT) regarding a threat posed to Askham Bog, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. This case ties into the wider fragmentation of natural sites, which then threatens our native flora and fauna.

An adjacent housing development proposal was unanimously refused on several grounds, including the impact on this habitat. YWT led the campaign against this development with 7000 people objecting, including Sir David Attenborough.

This refusal has been appealed and a 12 day planning inquiry will take place in November. ELF have instructed Emma-Louise Fenelon and Darragh Coffey to represent the YWT.

Read more on the ELF website here or the BBC here.


Update 18/12/19: The planing inquiry has now concluded and we await the decision in February.

ELF was delighted when Emma Louise Fenelon and Darragh Coffey both 1 Crown Office Row agreed to assist. David Hart’s team have a rich history of assisting ELF with Public Inquiries with some notable successes, not least with their input into the M4 Newport relief road, recently refused permission by the Welsh First Minister. ELF is extremely grateful to Emma and Darragh.