Fish Legal has halted a hydropower development on the river Trent at Sawley Weir, Nottingham. The victory by the organisation, part of the Angling Trust, is one of the biggest cases in its 64-year history. A judge ruled that the Environment Agency failed to give proper consideration to angling when it granted an impoundment licence to a developer. The Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways), the charity set up to “promote recreational use of UK waterways”, was an investor in the development and tried to defend the scheme in court. Fish Legal was acting for its member club, the Pride of Derby & Derbyshire Angling Association. Mark Lloyd, the trust’s chief executive, said: “We hope that this case will send a clear signal to hydropower developers that they cannot plan or build hydropower turbines without getting permission from anglers first.” Full details here.