Appeal Court dismisses latest bid by 'planning recidivist' to seek approval for unlawful Surrey green belt home

Appeal Court dismisses latest bid by 'planning recidivist' to seek approval for unlawful Surrey green belt home

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the latest bid by a "planning recidivist" at the centre of an almost 20-year dispute to seek approval for her illegally-built home in the Surrey green belt, after the judge concluded that an inspector's reasoning in refusing the plans was "beyond criticism".

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