Abandonment of site allocations document generates policy vacuum

South Oxfordshire District Council failed to overturn an inspector's decision to grant permission for housing development on the edge of a large village, Mr Justice Gilbart ruling that it had involved a matter of planning judgement which the court would not interfere with. The council withdrew another challenge involving a second housing appeal determined by the same inspector on a different site on the edge of the village (DCS No. 200-004-221). The secretary of state had agreed in respect of both challenges that the inspector's decisions should both be quashed due to the differing approaches she had applied when applying policy.

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