Casebook: Court cases - Mansion conversion survives second challenge

A challenge mounted by a local resident against the conversion of Mentmore Towers in Buckinghamshire to a luxury hotel has failed after the Court of Appeal backed an earlier High Court ruling.

The complainant argued that the traffic implications of the scheme had not been properly assessed and that conditions limiting helicopter flights to and from the hotel were unenforceable. In the High Court, Mr Justice Forbes upheld the council's decision to grant planning permission and listed building consent. His verdict was endorsed by Lord Justice Pill, who concluded that he had been fully entitled to support the council's "unimpeachable" decisions. A full challenge had no real prospect of success, he concluded

Davey v Aylesbury Vale District Council; Date: 20 October 2005; Ref: C1/2005/0658.

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