CASEBOOK: Court cases - Accommodation ruling upheld despite local protest

The Court of Appeal has rejected a challenge to an inspector's decision to allow the development of student accommodation in north London to serve London Metropolitan University, ruling that the scheme did not need to be supported by an environmental statement.

A local resident argued that the inspector's decision was flawed because he should have requested the preparation of an environmental impact assessment due to the size of the development and its likely effects. But Lord Justice Simon Brown concluded that there was no inconsistency in the inspector's decision not to request an environmental statement.

Evans v First Secretary of State and Others; Date: 23 October 2003; Ref: C3/03/0613.

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