Gladman Developments had a judicial review claim rejected by a High Court judge in London yesterday.
Winslow Town Council, in Buckinghamshire, had allocated five sites for 455 new homes in their Neighbourhood Plan – but Gladman’s proposal for hundreds of homes on 3 other sites in the area had not been included. Objecting to the policies in the Plan that restricted development to the ‘Winslow Settlement Area’, Martin Kingston QC, for Gladman, argued that the housing target in the Plan had not been based on an objective assessment of local need. However Mr Justice Lewis ruled that the plan was in fact lawful and complied with national planning policy.
Gladman were hoping to overturn the district council’s decision to let the plan go to a referendum but Mr Justice Lewis ruled that the council were entitled to refer the Neighbourhood Plan to a referendum and to ‘make’ it after the residents had voted in favour of it.
The chairman of the Winslow Neighbourhood Plan, Cllr Monger, said “”This is a great outcome for all the people who worked so hard on the Winslow Neighbourhood Plan, and for all the communities currently preparing neighbourhood plans.” Planning Resource 18th Dec 2014.
Gladman also failed in a legal bid in July to block the Winslow referendum taking place and are still planning a further challenge to Eric Pickles refusal of 211 houses on one of their 3 sites in Winslow.
The Winslow referendum turnout of 59.5% and votes in favour of 98.2% has now been confirmed as the highest yet to be recorded in any referendum held so far. The turnout figure is around double that for local elections and on a par with the turnout at General Elections. The result has led to groups from all over the country getting in touch to seek help and advice on how to run their campaigns. Yes4Winslow Sept 2014