Council wins High Court challenge

The Council has successfully defended a High Court challenge to the Test Valley Local Plan.

The trustees of the Barker Mill Estate, who have residential and commercial development interests in Nursling and Rownhams, challenged the Local Plan, which was adopted in January 2016 after being approved by a government-appointed inspector. The trust challenged the plan on several grounds, including claiming that it failed to provide sufficient housing, employment and commercial land to meet the local need.

All of the trust’s claims were rejected in a High Court judgement issued by Mr Justice Holgate on 25 November. He said that Barker Mill Estates had "failed to identify any misinterpretation of any planning policy", either by the Council or a planning inspector who had considered the plan, and that there was nothing irrational about the way in which the Council and inspector applied planning policies.

The judge also rejected a challenge against a planning inspector’s decision to refuse planning permission for warehousing on land at Adanac Park, Nursling

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