Council faces legal challenge over five-year land supply

A Leicestershire council has said a legal challenge against its core strategy has been made that seeks a declaration that its five-year housing land supply was not examined appropriately by the council and a planning inspector.

Loughborough: largest town in Charnwood district (picture by Roger Geach, Geograph)
Loughborough: largest town in Charnwood district (picture by Roger Geach, Geograph)

Charnwood Borough Council said it has received notice of an application to the High Court for a judicial review of the examination process and adoption of its core strategy. It said it would defend the challenge.

The council’s core strategy, adopted in November, sets out a vision for development in the borough up to 2028. It was found sound by an inspector in September, subject to a number of modifications, including increasing the annual average housing provision to 820 homes and clarification that this provision is to be considered a minimum.

The council said the judicial review application has been made by Rosconn Group and seeks to quash the decision to adopt the Core Strategy.

It seeks a declaration that the council and inspector erred in law by not examining the five-year land supply appropriately, and an order requiring the inspector to re-open the examination and allow submission and cross examination on five-year land supply, the council said. It also seeks an order requiring the inspector to reconsider and reissue his report after hearing these issues, it added.

Eric Vardy, the council’s cabinet member for planning, said: "This is not an unexpected move and we will defend the core strategy.

"As this has moved into the legal arena, we will not be commenting further about this action."

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