In Brief: Approval of asylum centre challenged

The approval of an asylum centre in Oxfordshire was set to be challenged in the High Court as Planning went to press. Deputy prime minister John Prescott gave the go-ahead for the centre near Bicester against the recommendations of a planning inspector last summer (Planning, 23 August 2003, p1). But Cherwell District Council has launched a judicial review against his decision. The proposals involve building a centre for around 750 people on land at Piddington.

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