Parish council appeals over homes verdict
Fight over judicial review decision
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.