The Judicial Review of the Secretary of State’s decision to grant planning permission for the development of land at Wolborough, brought by Abbotskerswell Parish Council, has been dismissed by the High Court today.
On the publication of the decision notice, and the High Court Order which dismisses the claim for a statutory review, refuses permission for appeal, and orders the claimant to pay the First Defendant’s costs (up to £10,000) a spokesperson for Teignbridge District Council said:
“We hope this ruling from the High Court brings to an end a process that started in 2014 and which has seen significant public funding spent reviewing this application through every possible planning and legal process.
“It has been considered by the Planning Inspectorate, the Secretary of State and the High Court. Despite the many challenges at different stages, the outcomes show that officers acted appropriately, following the correct planning processes and gave sound professional advice on planning, ecological and environmental issues.
“There will be polarised views on this decision with some people being disappointed, while others will welcome the economic and housing benefits that will flow from the development.
“Now this development will go ahead, the Council will work together with stakeholders to make it a place where people want to live, work and play.
“The permission, that was part of the council’s planning blueprint for the next 10 years and beyond, will see 300 affordable homes delivered, as well as key infrastructure and accessible green spaces for residents and communities.
“There will still be planning conditions to comply with and detailed designs and environmental impact assessments will need to be approved so that construction of the new neighbourhood at Wolborough can start.
“This decision removes uncertainty and enables us now to work with the developers to ensure that the detailed planning requirements are properly met and that homes, amenities and surroundings are built to meet the needs of future generations.”
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