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Prince Charles' estate wins appeal in oyster farm row

Prince Charles Credit: PA

The Prince of Wales' private estate has won an appeal against a ruling that it must disclose environmental data about a controversial oyster farm it owns.

Representatives for the Duchy of Cornwall successfully challenged a decision that it is a "public authority," which could have opened up its dealings to increased public scrutiny.

In November 2011 the estate was ordered to hand over information on the Port Navas oyster farm in Cornwall to local campaigner Michael Bruton, who claims that the farm is causing damage to the natural habitat.

But, in a ruling just released, an appeal tribunal declared the estate "is not a public authority" under environmental information rules.

Mr Justice Charles ruled that "the Duke of Cornwall is under no obligation" to provide the information sought by Mr Bruton.

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