Friday, 11 October 2013

Campaigners delight - Whitwick Green Wedge saved as Judge dismisses appeal

Whitwick County Councillor Leon Spence has tonight expressed his delight welcoming a decision by High Court Judge Mrs Justice Lang DBE to dismiss an appeal by developers wanting to build thousands of houses on the Whitwick Green Wedge – the last piece of land separating the village from Coalville.

Councillor Spence said "So many people have worked so hard for this decision today. Campaigners, councillors and members of the public all working together to protect the identity of our community. Today is a real victory."

Builders William David and Jelson Homes went to the High Court to try to overturn decisions – by both a Government Planning Inspector and North West Leicestershire District Council – to refuse a housing scheme on Stephenson Green (known locally as the Whitwick Green Wedge).

Both firms argued the refusals were unlawful. But their attempts to overturn the rulings were thrown out.

Eric Pickles MP – Secretary of State for communities and local government – had already upheld the inspector’s decision in August 2012.

The Judge said the inspector was entitled to conclude that the council’s proposed ‘Area of Separation’ policy was intended to prevent ‘coalescence’ and maintain the physical separation of settlements.

Read the full judgement: http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2013/3058.html

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