Parish coun­cil ap­peals over homes ver­dict

Fight over ju­di­cial re­view decision

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­

CAM­PAIGN­ERS have con­tin­ued the fight to pro­tect a piece of land in their vil­lage.

A ju­di­cial re­view in Novem­ber found in favour of Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil’s (CDC) decision to al­low homes to be built on the site of the for­mer Holy Cross Con­vent School in Chal­font St Peter.

Chal­font St Peter Parish Coun­cil, which has fought to re­duce the num­ber of houses pro­posed for the site was un­suc­cess­ful in its ap­peal against the decision.

It has re­quested the court re-ex­am­ine the case.

Parish coun­cil­lor Richard Allen said: “We have grave con­cerns over the way the judg­ment deals with one of the grounds of chal­lenge.

“It is our view, an im­por­tant point of law and key fac­tual ev­i­dence has not been ad­dressed by the court. Our le­gal ad­vis­ers have raised the is­sue. Fur­ther ac­tion will follow, de­pen­dent upon the re­sponse.”

Cam­paign groups have been fight­ing for a new school on the site since it closed in 2006.

Ini­tial pro­pos­als in­volved 400 houses and were met with protests with the num­ber dwin­dling to the cur­rent 198 homes and a 75-bed­room care home.

The parish coun­cil chal­lenged the CDC decision on the ba­sis ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties were be­ing lost and CDC was in­cor­rect in state­ments about the ex­tent of play­ing fields on the site.

Parish coun­cil­lors were also keen for de­vel­op­ment to in­volve mov­ing the Chal­font St Peter CE Academy there, to ac­com­mo­date more pupils.

Be­cause of the on­go­ing le­gal is­sues, Mr Allen said he is re­stricted in what he can say on the is­sue.

The parish coun­cil can ap­peal to the Supreme Court if it is not sat­is­fied with the re­sponse of the ap­peal court fol­low­ing its cur­rent re­quest.

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