Plans to develop land around Peel Hall in Warrington has moved a step closer after a high court judge removed some council policies from it's local plan
All of the issues raised by Satnam had been previously considered by an independent inspector.
The High Court Judge has ruled in favour of the Council on six of the nine issues that Satnam challenged on, but the Council say they're extremely disappointed that the outcome has still resulted in the removal of elements of the housing policies from the Local Plan. .
Following yesterday’s ruling (19 February 2015), the Council say they'll immediately begin the work necessary to ensure the housing elements of the Plan are revised in line with the ruling and reinstated as soon as possible.
Cllr David Keane, Executive Member Board Member for environment and public protection said,
‘Warrington Borough Council was one of the first to have its Local Plan agreed and ironically we have become a victim of being too efficient. The changes imposed by Government designed to make Councils who are resistant to growth increase their housing targets have allowed this loophole to appear and the challenge to succeed albeit on only 2 of the nine issues challenged .
Warrington achieves amongst the highest levels of new housing and employment development in the North West.
Whilst this is a disappointment and a setback, our Local Plan still remains a robust document. All other policies with the plan remain intact and officers are now working hard to ensure the housing elements of the Plan are revised in line with the ruling and reinstated as soon as possible’.