Mendip promises 'robust' defence against local plan challenge

A council in Somerset has pledged to 'robustly contest' a High Court challenge against its recent adoption of a local plan.

Somerset: local plan legal challenge
Somerset: local plan legal challenge

In December Mendip District Council adopted its local plan, which sets out a strategic vision for the district until 2029.

However, the council said developer Gladman Developments is challenging the decision.

The council said in a statement that Gladman is claiming that the inspector should have concluded that the local plan had under-estimated the level of new housing required.

Harvey Siggs, leader of Mendip District Council, said: "It is very surprising and disappointing to find out that a developer has waited until the 11th hour to challenge the housing requirements, even though they were confirmed by an independent Inspector appointed by the secretary of state back in October and proposed for adoption back in November.

"Since our proposal to adopt the local plan there has been no contact from the developer to indicate that they had concerns which might lead to them making a challenge, which is the protocol in these matters. The council will be taking legal advice and will fiercely contest this challenge."

Gladman Developments was contacted for comment but had not responded at time of publication.

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