Judge upholds Waverley’s planning decision over Undershaw

Published Thursday, 24 December 2015

A High Court judge has dismissed a judicial review application challenging Waverley’s planning permission for Undershaw in Hindhead (WA/2014/1655).

On Wednesday 23 December, The Honourable Mr Justice Foskett strongly dismissed the application – brought by John Gibson - on all grounds.

Councillor Robert Knowles, Leader of the Council, said: “I am extremely pleased to hear the judge strongly dismissed the judicial review application.

“This decision endorses Waverley’s planning processes and legitimises the decision to grant planning permission, for what is sure to be a fantastic community facility, once and for all.

“I look forward to hearing how the new Stepping Stones School will help the children and young adults who attend it to flourish; now its future has been secured.”

Notes to editors

  • Waverley granted planning permission and listed building consent for the change of use of Undershaw from a hotel to a school, on 31 March 2015.
  • The permission allowed for the expansion of Stepping Stones School, which is for children and young adults with special needs.
  • Undershaw was the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories.
  • In July 2015, High Court judge The Honourable Mr Justice Dove rejected an application for a judicial review, made by John Gibson on behalf of the Undershaw Preservation Trust, however Mr Gibson requested the papers were reconsidered at a hearing.
  • Permission to apply for judicial review was subsequently granted by The Honourable Mr Justice Singh following an oral hearing on 11 August 2015.

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