Oxfordshire council fails in High Court effort to block village homes

Oxfordshire council fails in High Court effort to block village homes

An Oxfordshire council has failed in a High Court challenge to block plans for a housing development on the edge of a village after a judge rejected its arguments that an inspector had ignored critical parts of its emerging local plan.

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