Legal challenge lodged against Eric Pickles

Posted: August 29, 2012 - 12:55 pm

Tewkesbury Borough Council has lodged a legal challenge against Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State’s decision to give permission for two major housing developments in Bishop’s Cleeve.

Mr Pickles gave Comparo Ltd permission to build a further 450 homes at Homelands Farm, and Welbeck Strategic Land permission to build 550 homes to the north west of Bishop’s Cleeve at a site known as Cleevelands, in July, which went against widespread local opposition.

The council announced at the time that it was extremely disappointed with the decisions, and following legal advice on the merits of challenging the Secretary of State’s decision, it has officially lodged a legal challenge.

The challenge is based on the need to deliver housing in a way that is consistent with central government policy, which focuses on locally-based decisions about the scale and location of housing development.

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s Lead Member for Built Environment Cllr Derek Davies said: “The council is concerned that the government appears to be imposing decisions in an ad hoc way through the appeal process before decisions on the future development of the area have been made at a local level in accordance with the government’s localism agenda.”

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