Jackson argues DoE had no authority to direct CPA

Jackson argues DoE had no authority to direct CPA


Sammy Jackson

(CNS): Local attorney Sammy Jackson, a planning law expert who regularly successfully advocates on behalf of developers before the Central Planning Authority, represented the CPA in court on Wednesday. Jackson argued that the Department of Environment had no authority to tell the board to refuse planning permission for a structure and seawall on Boggy Sand Beach.

During the judicial review, in which two government entities are pitched against each other, Ian Paget-Brown QC, who is leading the CPA’s legal team, said that it could not be right that thirteen members of the CPA “could be told what they can and cannot do by one civil servant”.

But when the judge said he had not seen anything that showed how the CPA had dealt with the environmental issues in this case and asked what the usual process was when a proposed development threatened the environment, Paget-Brown handed over to Jackson.

Jackson told the court that planning law was “an…