The Court of Appeal has rejected an attempt by Abbotskerswell Parish Council to block Teignbridge District Council’s plan for a 1,500 homes development at Wolborough Barton.
Although the judgment is not yet available, the district said in a statement “All arguments put forward by Abbotskerswell for a review have been rejected by the court which concluded ‘there is no discernible error and no other compelling reason for an appeal to be heard’”.
Teignbridge said this ended a dispute that started in 2014 and “which has seen significant public funding spent reviewing this application through every possible planning and legal process”.
It said the Court of Appeal ruling showed Teignbridge followed “the correct planning processes and gave sound professional advice on planning, ecological and environmental issues”.
A statement on the parish website said “This is a travesty of justice because it means that piecemeal developments can now be progressed with no overall control of the environmental protections that are needed to ensure sustainable security for biodiversity and climate change issues”.
The Implications Of This Judgement Are Of National Importance
“In the High Court the Judge has said, despite the law saying that environmental matters need to be dealt with at the earliest possible date, that such matters can be delayed and should be dealt with in reserved matters at a later date. In effect further delaying all environmental surveys until the very last minute.
“The decision to persistently delay or avoid being presented with key environmental information and protection is alarming. We believe that the lack of firm environmental protections is unacceptable”.