Posted by: westlancashirerecord | January 25, 2017

Redrow’s Latest Challenge Against Localism

 newsroomwlr Never mind the statement that “The time has come to disperse power more widely in Britain today”. Or even that “We think that the best means of strengthening society is not for central government to try and seize all the power and responsibility for itself. It is to help people and their locally elected representatives to achieve their own ambitions….reform to make the planning system more democratic and more effective, and reform to ensure that decisions about housing are taken locally”….David Cameron Prime Minister May 2010.

Some reform that was! So it has come as no surprise that Redrow  has lodged a challenge to the Planning Inspector’s decision to dismiss their appeal to develop land at Parrs Lane Aughton. The appeal was lodged at Manchester High Court manchester_crown_court_minshull_st on 19 January 2016, which was their last permissible date. The case reference is CO/299/17.

In a further development WLBC has notified ARG2012 that the Wainhomes Appeal (WLBC challenge) is now listed to be heard at Manchester High Court on Tuesday 4 July.

The latest news has led to conjecture that the grounds for the Redrow appeal are based on the Planning Inspector’s interpretation and or application relating to affordable housing numbers. It might also be possible for the Redrow and Wainhomes appeals to be heard on the same date(s) if court space allows for it. Meanwhile, ponder on the thought that if a national referendum is challenged and won or lost on spurious points of politicisation, what chance does localism have on spurious points of the contents of a local plan? 


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