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Legal briefs: Pickles defeated by allotment holders

Words: Roger Milne
Courtroom Gavel - legal changes that affect planners

A round-up of legal news: 1 November-7 November, 2014

Allotment holders defeat Pickles for second time over major development

The saga involving Watford allotment holders who face losing their plots to make way for a large housing and hospital expansion project has taken a new twist, following a High Court ruling that quashes community secretary Eric Pickles' re-taken decision that building on the allotments was justified in the public interest.

Local Government Lawyer 

Bid to overturn old school redevelopment is rejected

The Appeal Court has rejected a bid by Chalfont St Peter Parish Council to overturn Chiltern District Council’s decision to allow a former school to be redeveloped into a 200-home development.

Chiltern District Council 

Sandbach to get another 94 houses after council loses High Court appeal

Plans for a 94-home development at Sandbach in Cheshire have survived a High Court challenge. A judge ruled that a planning inspector was entitled to conclude that the planning authority, Cheshire East Council, could not demonstrate a five-year housing land supply.

Crewe Chronicle 

High Court dismisses legal challenge to Selby District Core Strategy plan

The High Court has dismissed the challenge brought by Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Tadcaster over Selby District Council’s recently adopted local plan. 

Selby District Council