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In the news:- Judge refuses judicial review in relation to pitches at Silva Lodge Kennels

Judge refuses judicial review in relation to pitches at Silva Lodge Kennels
09 February 2018

Basildon Council has welcomed the ruling of a High Court judge to refuse an application to judicially review the decision of the Planning Inspectorate in relation to caravan pitches on land at Silva Lodge Kennels.

In November 2017 a planning inspector decided that five pitches that had been established on the land should be removed but permanent permission was granted for one to remain. This was on the basis that it met a specific identified need and contributed to caravan site provision in the borough.

The decision followed a four day inquiry which concluded on Friday 8 September 2017 in relation to an appeal made by Thomas Anderson against enforcement notices served by Basildon Council in September 2016, after the green belt site was developed without planning permission.

A High Court injunction was also obtained at the time, which was subsequently breached, resulting in fines and a custodial sentence.

Mr Anderson sought permission for a judicial review of the inspector’s decision to reject planning permission for the five pitches but this was refused at the High Court yesterday (Thursday 8 February) by His Honour Deputy Judge John Howell QC.

Cllr Gavin Callaghan, Chairman of Basildon Council’s Policy and Resources Committee, said: “I welcome the latest decision to uphold the planning inspector’s decision which predominantly reinforced the objective of protecting our green belt land against unlawful development.”