Council Statement: Local Plan appeals

Published Monday, 25 February 2019

Waverley Borough Council has confirmed it will continue to defend its Local Plan.

This follows the news that the Court of Appeal has given permission for POWCampaign Ltd and Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) Surrey to appeal against the decision of the High Court in November last year. The appeals will be heard later this year.

Councillor Julia Potts, Leader of Waverley Borough Council, said: “This news is obviously extremely disappointing for us but we will, of course, be vigorously defending our adopted Local Plan; the plan we are proud of and believe represents the best possible vision for the borough’s future.

“Our Local Plan gives us the control to shape our borough for future generations. It lays out how we will sustainably provide the right infrastructure and new homes to enable our children and young people to continue living and working alongside their friends and families.

“It means we can work in partnership with the borough’s towns and parishes to develop Neighbourhood Plans, so communities can mould new development where they live. It means we can safeguard our borough against inappropriate development.

“It should be remembered that Waverley did not bring this legal action but we have to defend both the borough and town and parish councils, whose Neighbourhood Plans are now threatened by this action. We all want appropriate plan-led development and we did everything possible at the inspection to defend a lower housing number.

“It is not possible to please everyone with any plan, and it is extremely disappointing that a few determined individuals continue to raise these legal challenges, despite the High Court upholding the Local Plan following the hearing in October 2018 and despite it having been approved by a government inspector.

“We are committed to preserving and protecting the adopted Local Plan, which will remain our principal planning document and will continue to guide our planning decisions.”

Notes to editors

The appeals argue that the High Court judge erred in law by concluding that the Local Plan Inspector was correct in his method and reasons for allocating 50% of Woking’s unmet housing need to Waverley.

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