Flawed Plans For Newmarket Sunk By High Court
In a decision that is very relevant to the current situation in South Somerset and East Coker, where the local District Council appears determined to present strategic plans that are flawed and non-compliant with European environmental legislation, the High Court has quashed the housing strategy of Newmarket's Forest Heath Council, even after a Planning Inspector had approved it.
The ruling shows that Planning Inspectorate decisions are not always correct. It also shows they can certainly be challenged.
Further, it shows that local authorities that do not ensure legally correct process is followed will open themselves to legal challenge and payment of challengers' costs. Challengers in similar circumstances should find it relatively easy to obtain insurance for costs when taking action.