Council to make legal challenge to planning appeal decision

Monday, 13 November, 2017

A legal challenge is to be mounted to a planning appeal decision which has given the all-clear for 132 new homes to be built in Clacton.

A planning application was submitted for the land north west of Sladburys Lane and it was rejected by Tendring District Council (TDC) last year.

The developer decided to appeal the decision in a bid to get it overturned and was successful.

Now, after taking external legal advice, the Council has decided to challenge the Government Inspector’s decision.

TDC Leader Neil Stock, who chairs the Council’s Local Plan Committee, said: “Having taken counsel’s advice on this we are going to make a legal challenge in the High Court.

“We have already decided to take the same action over a similar decision in Centenary Way and now we are going to judicial review over Sladburys Lane.”

The challenge will be submitted to the High Court within the next few weeks.

It will be based on the fact that that the Council disagrees with a number of the inspector’s conclusions in relation to the housing numbers and land supply.

The scheme in Sladburys Lane is on 8.6 hectares of agricultural land outside the settlement development boundary.

It involves the housing development, open space, a sports field and a new vehicle access.

Last updated on: 13/11/2017 - 10:20