Past cases

These are current or recent cases of people who have come to us for help. Their views are often deeply, deeply held – but they are their views, not ours. Our role is to allow their voice on their environmental concern to be heard.

Saving Askham Bog by Emma-Louise Fenelon barrister at 1COR

In 2020 we are encouraged to venerate all that is new: the fresh discovery, the cutting-edge tool, t...

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Bats and Pine Martens

ELF has obtained a commitment from the Forestry Commission to put a pause on the second release of P...

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First Minister for Wales refuses permission for the M4 Newpo...

The decision by the Welsh First Minister to refuse the M4 relief road proposals, which would have de...

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Ten acre Wiltshire woodland saved by local people & tow...

We reported recently on a Tree Protection Order woodland, Local Nature Reserve and buffer zone for a...

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More Tree Protests – Maples in Bristol

It is a truth widely acknowledged that trees have little protection. If a tree or woodland that you ...

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South Downs National Park: public enquiry win for environmen...

Dangstein Conservancy, operating in the newly created South Downs National Park, is a “grass-r...

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Judicial review success, one year from decision granted

A matter that started with ELF has been successful in a Judicial Review claim, despite being a year ...

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A “significant case” – Crondall Parish Council v S...

We have now concluded the statutory review hearing for the Crondall PC v SoS H,C & LG matter. Th...

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Environmental justice and a mighty victory for the Park Road...

Environmental justice and a mighty victory for the Park Road Allotments, Isleworth – (David and Go...

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Woodlings Update

Woodlings Update When ELF is approached by a community looking for assistance, often ELF will remain...

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The Oxford Cambridge Expressway

Otmoor Nature Reserve lies within the chosen corridor B In June ELF was approached by the Horton-cum...

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We won our battle to save ancient woodland on the Hillcrest ...

In July of this year ELF was approached by local friends groups and campaigners regarding their on-g...

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The Price Of Industrial Farming

ELF has received three more new enquiries in the last month regarding farming intensification impact...

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Village Green Success

In November 2017, East Sussex County Council (ESCC) awarded Village Green status to the Hollycroft F...

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Permission Sought To Challenge Loss Of Public Open Space

ELF has assisted a community group in Lancashire to issue legal proceedings challenging planning per...

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Challenge To Lack Of Consultation Successful

An important new case has clarified the law on consultation where changes have been made to an origi...

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Saving Housing Estate Hedgerows

ELF sees all sorts of enquiries from members of the public, each requiring their own individual resp...

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Lower Sirhowy Valley Waste Processing Facility

UPDATE ELF is delighted to report that the group we assisted in Cwmfelinfach, South Wales, the Lower...

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Avenue Of 150 Year Old Trees Under Threat

At the end of last year ELF was contacted by the Friends of Tooting Common about the London Borough ...

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Liverpool Greens Challenge Car Park On Air Quality Grounds

Liverpool Green Party, with the support of the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF), has taken the fir...

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Costs Assurance Provided By Secretary Of State For Justice

Liverpool Green Party (LGP) has been offered a glimmer of hope in its quest for environmental justic...

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A Bench And Unregistered Land

ELF was recently contacted by a resident of Guildford, wanting to re-instate a bench that had been r...

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Pollution from sewage works in Cranleigh Waters

ELF was contacted in May 2017 by Cranleigh Civic Society (CCS) about ongoing pollution from a sewage...

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Homes On Contaminated Site

ELF has been assisting Somercoates Against Development Residents Action Group (SAD) in their campaig...

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Community Halts National Trust’s Plans For 23-Acre Caravan...

A community in north Norfolk alarmed about plans by the National Trust (NT) for a 23-acre caravan pa...

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Complaint To CMA That Incinerator Contract Is Illegal

Community Benefit Society R4C have lodged a complaint with the Competition and Markets Authority (CM...

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Birmingham Supermarket Decision Quashed

Local residents are celebrating in Stirchley, Birmingham, following the announcement that Birmingham...

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Pollution From Unregulated 1,000 Cow Dairy Unit

ELF has been assisting a community in Bideford, Devon where a large industrial dairy farm of 1,000 c...

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Dismay Over Plans For ‘Temporary’ Visitor Centre On Unde...

ELF was approached last year by Ian Smith, vice chair of the Spurn Bird Observatory very concerned a...

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Environmental Impact Assessment Failings Contribute To Loss ...

ELF has been working in partnership with University College London (UCL), Plantlife, Warwickshire Wi...

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Super Pylon Threat To Wordsworth’s Long-Loved Duddon E...

ELF has been assisting a community group of 600+ members in Cumbria, Power without Pylons (PWP), to ...

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When A Lagoon Is A Building

ELF were approached by CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) Somerset and a local resident regard...

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Legal Challenge Issued To Protect Green Oasis In Camden

somers Town in central Camden is a green oasis, of mature woodland and community garden in one of th...

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Playground Authority

ELF was contacted by residents in Monmouth, Wales who want to propose the relocation of a local play...

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Birdsong Replacing Truck Noise

ELF was approached by The Friary Park Preservation Group (FPPG) in Acton. The group complained to th...

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Inadequate Badger Translocation

ELF was approached by a local resident concerned over inadequate mitigation measures being proposed ...

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Communities Take Control

ELF was contacted by Community R4C, a Community Benefit Society, set up in the wake of planning appr...

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M4 Relief Road

Signposted to ELF under the new collaboration with Cardiff Law School (in coordination with the Wels...

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London Waterkeeper And TfL Roads – The River Roadkill ...

Waterkeeper is a global movement to protect our waterways. ELF was contacted by the London Waterkeep...

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Pondtail Wood

ELF was contacted by a local campaigner following the felling of 13 acres of replanted ancient woodl...

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Druridge Quarry

pdate from Save Druridge September 2016 – The Highthorn Planning Application has been “called in...

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Cornwall Council charging businesses for sea access

Does Cornwall Council have the right to charge business for access to the sea? ELF was approached by...

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Costs An Issue In Bringing Action Against Homes Near Bowland...

n Halton, Lancashire, having failed to detect 8 houses missing from layout plan, one Councillor gran...

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Protected Wildflower Meadow Destroyed

Having secured a temporary reprieve from Natural England to delay a local farmer ploughing up a Loca...

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White Moss Quarry

A local community group from Alsager, Cheshire approached ELF after outline planning permission to b...

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‘Enabling Development’ Procedures Ignored In St. Ives, C...

David Sumner at Larcomes LLP has kindly assisted local residents concerned by the failure of the loc...

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Blackwater Estuary Nuclear Fuel Discharge

UPDATE October 2015 It has been discovered via the group’s Environmental Information Regulation (E...

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Lincolnshire Waste & Minerals Policy On Fracking

ELF was contacted by a Parish Councillor of Heighington, Lincoln. They were seeking urgent assistanc...

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Jacks Green

A resident of Jacks Green, East Northamptonshire, contacted us regarding the local planning officer...

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Essex Turbine Wildlife Survey Concern

ELF was approached by a local person living in a small hamlet called Steeple Gidding in rural Essex,...

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