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[22 MAR 99] STRATFORD ON AVON DISTRICT COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
Clopton High Court Appeal Postponed

An appeal to the High Court, due to be heard this week against refusal to allow a housing development in Stratford-upon-Avon, has been postponed until July. Bryant Homes have applied for planning permission on land at Clopton Fields on three occasions and each time, Stratford District Council has turned them down.

On the last occasion, the Council's decision was upheld by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, John Prescott, following a major public inquiry. Bryant Homes are now challenging the legality of Mr Prescott's decision.

"Apparently the delay is due to the lack of available judges," said Cllr Susan Juned, the District Council Leader.

"Whatever the reason, we shall continue this fight which is now nearing its tenth anniversary. We remain resolute and totally convinced of the strength of our case.

"This issue has been to the highest courts of the land and surely this ought to indicate to the applicants the unsuitability of housing on this particular area of Stratford."

It is estimated that so far, the cost to the council of mounting their defence is between 50,000 - 100,000.

NOTES
The District Council had originally refused planning permission in July 1991, after which Bryant Homes (Central) Ltd appealed to the Environment Secretary, who, after a public inquiry in October 1991, granted permission in August 1992. Stratford District Council appealed to the High Court, which then quashed the Environment Secretary's decision in July 1993. Bryant Homes then appealed to the Court of Appeal, but in January 1995 the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court's ruling. Bryant Homes then sought leave to appeal to the House of Lords, which was refused. In September 1995, the then Secretary of State decided that as the appeals were undetermined, further written representations should be made which would enable the Secretary of State to determine the appeals afresh.

However, a further public inquiry was held in November 1996 and Bryant subsequently submitted another planning application which was refused by the Council's Avon Area Planning Committee in January 1997. In July 1998 the Secretary of State agreed with the report of the Inspector who conducted the public inquiry, and dismissed the appeal.

MORE INFORMATION:
Mark Lepkowski, Press Officer  01789 260104
Sean O'Grady, director of planning on 01789 260300

   

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