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Planning Decision Legal Challenge Fails

Published Monday, 10 November 2014

A legal challenge to a decision by Ribble Valley Borough Council to grant planning permission for 1,040 houses at Standen, Clitheroe, has failed.

The council’s planning and development committee approved an outline application from Standen Estates for the houses, shops and a primary school, at Higher Standen Farm and Littlemoor Farm last December.

Kendal company Newclose Properties Ltd then launched a legal bid to get the decision overturned.

The council vowed to ‘vigorously defend its position’ against the legal bid, which was thrown out by the Hon. Mr Justice Stewart at the High Court in Manchester.

A earlier written submission by Newclose Properties was also rejected by the High Court sitting before His Hon. Judge Bird on Friday 8 August.

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “We are disappointed that Newclose Properties’ attempted to seek a judicial review of our decision to grant planning permission for the development at Standen, Clitheroe, and delighted that the High Court has vindicated our position by rejecting the legal challenge outright.”

Newclose Properties was ordered to pay the council’s legal costs of £4,777.78.

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