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In the news:- Council to contest judicial review

Council to contest judicial review
02 August 2017

An application for permission to proceed with a claim for judicial review has been issued in the High Court against Basildon Council’s decision to decline to determine a planning application.

The application sought to retrospectively allow six caravan pitches on ‘Land West of Hovefields Avenue’

In accordance with planning law, the council as local planning authority declined to determine the application because planning enforcement notices had already been served to remove the unauthorised development on green belt land.
The law was changed in 2011 allowing local planning authorities this discretion to prevent retrospective planning applications from being used to delay enforcement action.
The council has submitted a response to the court confirming that it intends to contest the claim.

The next step is that the court will consider whether or not the applicant has an arguable case in order that permission ought to be given for the case to be heard. The council awaits the court’s decision.

To read more about the ongoing planning enforcement at Hovefields visit www.basildon.gov.uk/hovefields

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