Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Government to challenge Thames Farm review

THE Government is challenging a judge's decision to overturn a failed appeal over plans for 110 homes on land near Henley.

THE Government is challenging a judge's decision to overturn a failed appeal over plans for 110 homes on land near Henley.

Communities minister Greg Clark argues that the Planning Inspectorate was within its rights to dismiss the initial appeal over the scheme at Thames Farm in Shiplake.

Landowner Claire Engbers first sought planning permission from South Oxfordshire District Council in 2013 and was refused so she appealed.

The hearing took place at Henley town hall in 2014 and was expected to centre on whether the district council had enough land immediately available for housing development.

However, when inspector Ian Jackson announced his decision earlier this year, he refused permission for highways reasons, even though it was agreed that these could be overcome.

Mrs Engbers took her case to the High Court for a judicial review, which ruled Mr Jackson had been wrong to dismiss it on these grounds.

Now Mr Clark has asked that High Court judge David Holgate's ruling to be scrutinised by the Court of Appeal.

For the full story, see next week's Henley Standard.

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