Councils lose unitary fight

Two borough councils have lost their legal challenge over the government's decision to abolish them in favour of larger unitary authorities.

Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council and Congleton Borough Council claimed that communities secretary Hazel Blears had "acted outside her legal powers". Planning services could be affected by the development (Planning, 3 August, p2).

Mr Justice Underhill remarked that he did not favour the move but gave the councils leave to appeal.

"There is no evidence that the public wants a restructure," insisted Congleton leader Roland Domleo.


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