Paul Stinchcombe QC and Richard Harwood QC appeared in R (Karen Treagus) v. Suffolk County Council (and Others) [2013] EWHC 950 (Admin). The case concerned, inter alia, the Council’s decision to issue a negative EIA screening decision in respect of an anaerobic digestion plant, for which the Council thereafter granted planning permission, upon the basis of the Environment Agency’s consultation response that ”best available techniques” would prevent significant environmental effects from occurring. The question was whether the Council could lawfully so decide without those techniques having been identified. Lord Carlile of Berriew QC, sitting as a deputy, held that the Council had acted lawfully, being reasonably entitled to rely upon the advice of the Environment Agency, a statutory consultee.