Council decision on extension of Warth Park development not to be challenged

Published Thursday, 02 November 2017

Statement regarding the Judicial Review on 31 October 2017.

East Northamptonshire Council welcomed the decision made on Tuesday, 31 October that the potential Judicial Review of the decision to grant planning permission on 29 March 2017 for the expansion of the Howdens facility at Warth Park, Raunds (ref ENC/16/ 02119/FUL) has not been given permission to proceed.


Applying for a Judicial Review of the council’s decision, the Claimant argued that the members of the planning committee had been misled as to the weight which could be applied to an emerging Neighbourhood Plan Policy.


Refusing the application at an oral renewal hearing, the High Court judge stated that she did not accept the claimant’s submission that members were misled and that the Claimant’s case was unarguable.  She further commented that the officer report was impeccable.  The Claimant has the right, with seven days of the decision, to apply to the Court of Appeal.


Councillor Steven North, Leader of the Council, welcomed the decision and noted that it “Vindicates the conduct and approach of the members of the council’s Planning Management Committee and officers, in reaching the decision on the Warth Park planning application.”


The council will continue to seek to recover any costs it can in relation to its defence of its decision.