Developer withdraws neighbourhood plan legal challenge

Developer Gladman Developments has withdrawn its legal bid to overturn the making of a Buckinghamshire neighbourhood plan.

Winslow: neighbourhood plan legal challenge withdrawn (picture by lutmans, Flickr)
Winslow: neighbourhood plan legal challenge withdrawn (picture by lutmans, Flickr)

In December 2014, the High Court rejected Gladman’s judicial review challenge to the Winslow Neighbourhood Plan in Aylesbury Vale.

The firm wanted to overturn Aylesbury Vale District Council’s decision to allow the plan - which allocates five sites for 455 new homes up to 2031 - to proceed to referendum and then to "make" or adopt the document.

Gladman had made a subsequent appeal against the High Court’s decision to the Court of Appeal in March.

But in a statement issued this week, Aylesbury Vale District Council said that it has now been informed that Gladman has withdrawn from the Court of Appeal proceedings and is also no longer challenging the secretary of state’s decision to refuse planning permission for a 211-home development on land off Verney Road in Winslow.

Susan Kitchen, manager, development management at Aylesbury Vale District Council, said: "This is fantastic news for the residents of Winslow.

"A huge amount of work went into drawing up the plan by the Winslow community and the withdrawal of this challenge removes any doubt over the status of the plan when making decisions on planning applications in the area it covers.

"Although Aylesbury Vale District Council was confident that the Court of Appeal would dismiss this latest challenge to the plan, Gladman’s decision to drop the action is very welcome. We will be pursuing the recovery of our legal costs, where permitted."

Last week, Gladman confirmed it was ending its legal action against the adoption of Mendip District Council’s local plan.

Gladman has been approached for a statement.

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