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A HUGE row could now break out between the National Assembly and Whitehall after an anti-opencast mine protester won a landmark court ruling yesterday.
Elizabeth Condron of Merthyr Tydfil launched a judicial review of the Assembly's decision to grant planning permission to extract 10 million tonnes of coal from the Ffos-y-Fran site near her home over 17 years. Developers Miller Argent claim the scheme would bring 200 jobs and transform derelict land.
CHRISTMAS was being celebrated early in Merthyr Tydfil this week as jubilant anti-opencast protestors toasted a remarkable victory over the National Assembly.
The news that members of the Parents and Residents Against Opencast campaign group had been waiting for came through yesterday morning.
Champagne was uncorked at the home of Elizabeth Condron, of Glasier Road, Twynyrodyn, who had brought a High Court action over what she saw as an unlawful decision to allow the Ffos-y-Fran mining scheme to go ahead.
A PLANNING case recently made it clear how seriously judges approach any appearance of bias by public decision-makers. The case concerned the grant of planning permission by the Welsh Assembly for a company to carry out open cast mining near Merthyr Tydfil. The proposed development had attracted public comment and concern which led to a challenge in the court by a campaigner — Mrs Condron.