Wealden waits to hear if High Court decision will be appealed

An appeal against a decision by a High Court judge to dismiss an application for a Judical Review into Wealden District Council’s Core Strategy Local Plan is possible.

The council is waiting to see if the landowners try to continue court action to overturn the plan.

Deputy leader of the district council, Cllr Claire Dowling (Uckfield) said the authority was thrilled with the results which was a categorical judgement.

See our earlier report here

Cllr Dowling said much of the public focus around the Judicial Review had been on the imposition of a 7km zone around the Ashdown Forest, designed to inhibit development in an effort to protect the habitat.

Cllr Dowling said the first ground of the Judicial Review claim was to seek to increase the number of houses allowed under the Local Plan.

The Judge dismissed claims that the Planning Inspector had reached an “irrational” conclusion in setting a housing target of 9,440 compared to a total of 11,000 (in the South East Plan) that the claimants argued was needed.

In his view the Planning Inspector’s judgement was both rational and compelling, as Wealden District Council had produced sufficient evidence to support the smaller number.

Cllr Dowling commented: “This was about additional houses which our residents do not want.”

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