Village fight for land to continue
‘Further action will be taken’ by parish
A FIGHT to protect an area of land in the centre of a village could continue despite an Appeal Court decision.
Chalfont St Peter Parish Council last month learned that its appeal against a judicial review, which found in favour of Chiltern District Council’s decision to allow homes to be built on the site of the former Holy Cross Convent School in Chalfont St Peter, had been unsuccessful.
This appeared to give the go-ahead for work to begin on the site, which is in the middle of the village, and would involve 198 homes and a 75-bedroom care home being built there.
The parish council had challenged the decision on the basis that educational facilities were being lost, and that Chiltern District Council had been incorrect in its statements about the amount of playing fields which had been on the site.
Parish councillors were also keen for development of the site to involve moving the Chalfont St Peter CE Academy there, to allow the school to accommodate more pupils.
Because of the ongoing legal issues surrounding the site, parish councillor Richard Allen said that he is restricted in what he can say on the issue.
However, the parish council has released the following statement, which says: “The parish council has grave concerns regarding the way in which the judgement deals with one of the grounds of challenge.
“It is the view of the parish council that an important point of law and key factual evidence has still not been addressed by the court.
“The council’s legal advisers have written to Chiltern District Council’s lawyers to raise this as a matter of urgency.
“Further action follow, dependent the response.”
When the judgement was made in October, the parish council expressed its disappointment, with Mr Allen saying that the parish council would take time to consider the judgement before deciding on its next move.
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