River Faughan Anglers lose battle against Department of Environment

River Faughan
River Faughan

Fishermen who manage one of the most important salmon populations in the British Isles yesterday lost their High Court battle over development at a nearby concrete production site.

The River Faughan Anglers Ltd was challenging the Department of the Environment (DoE) on its decision to grant planning permission on land at Drumahoe, on the outskirts of Londonderry, for an office extension and other work.

Rejecting their bid for a judicial review, a judge held that none of their arguments had been established.

According to the River Faughan Anglers Ltd, set up protect and manage salmon and trout fishing, the DoE failed to properly assess the environmental impact, and claimed in court that it could have potentially catastrophic ecological consequences.

But dismissing the judicial review application, Mr Justice Treacy said “there’s been no manifest error of assessment to require the court’s intervention.”