High Court Judge To Hear Planning Challenges

Published Friday, 15 June 2018

Waverley Borough Council has received an order from the High Court.

The order states that the challenges against Waverley’s Local Plan and the decision to grant planning permission for Dunsfold Aerodrome be heard together. 

The hearing will take place on 5 July 2018.*

Councillor Julia Potts, Leader of the Council said: “This is not an order granting or refusing permission for any of the challenges; it is a hearing to decide whether any of the challenges move forward to a full judicial review.”

The judge, Mr Justice Holgate, has instructed that all three challenges will go straight to an oral permission hearing in July and be heard by a full High Court judge on the same day.

Councillor Potts continued: “In the interests of efficiency and in the public interest this is the right decision for Waverley and its residents.”

Councillor Chris Storey, Portfolio for Planning said: “I am very glad that these three judicial review permission challenges have been drawn together at an early date.  I am confident that the judge will refuse permission for all three claims to go to a full hearing and we will be able to get back to productive work.

“In the meantime, of course, our adopted local plan continues to have full weight when making planning decision and protecting the borough from speculative development.”

* The court has since adjourned this hearing to 12 July.

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