Challenge to County Tyrone gold mine plan rejected
Originally from the BBC website:
A judge has rejected a challenge to proposals to build a controversial gold mine in the Sperrin Mountains. Canadian firm Dalradian has applied for permission to develop the mine near Greencastle in County Tyrone. But the development was opposed by some residents, who challenged aspects of the planning process in the courts.
The Department for Infrastructure has welcomed Friday's judicial review judgement. Residents from Greencastle, Rouskey and Gortin had challenged the department's decision to consider a planning application for the gold mine. They claimed a mandatory community consultation ahead of the submission of the planning application for the mine was deeply flawed.
The residents' lawyers argued that Dalradian's proposals for operating a mine in the Sperrin Mountains were not "oven ready" when presented to the public. But a judge dismissed their bid for a judicial review and held that planning laws did not require the developer to publish and consult on a finalised scheme at that stage.