New Judgment: Coventry & Ors v Lawrence & Anor  UKSC 13
26 Wednesday Feb 2014
On appeal from:  EWCA Civ 26.
Raises a number of points in connection with the law of private nuisance. The Supreme Court unanimously allowed the appeal. The respondents’ activities at a stadium (speedway racing) constituted a nuisance owing to noise and, as the respondents had failed to establish a prescriptive right to carry out these activities, the injunction granted by the judge was restored, although it remained stayed because the appellants’ house had not yet been rebuilt after a fire. It was wrong in principle that, through the grant of planning permission, a planning authority should be able to deprive a property-owner of a right to object to what would otherwise be a nuisance, without providing compensation