Dunlop v Woolahara Municipal Council: PC 1981

A council had no liabiity in a private action for damages for a breach of statutory duty in its handling of a planning application. While doubting that it was so, Lord Diplock left open the question whether an individual injuriously affected by either the refusal of planning permission on the part of a planning authority or by the grant of planning permission to neighbouring property owners had a right of action for damages against the planning authority.


Lord Diplock


[1981] 1 All ER 1202



Cited by:

CitedRegina v Lam and Others (T/a ‘Namesakes of Torbay’) and Borough of Torbay CA 30-Jul-1997
The claimant sought damages after the planning authority allowed the first defendant to conduct a manufacturing business in the course of which spraying activities took place which caused them personal injuries and loss of business.
Held: The . .
CitedKane v New Forest District Council CA 13-Jun-2001
A pedestrian walked from a footpath into the road and was hit by a car. She sought damages from the highway authority, saying that they had allowed vegetation to grow to an extent to make it impossible to be seen. As a second tier appeal, the . .
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Negligence, Local Government

Updated: 09 May 2022; Ref: scu.225319