Government should not be allowed to decide housing plans for Tewkesbury, borough council says at judicial review into Homelands and Cleevelands
A PATCHWORK of housing sites could be created across Tewkesbury borough, if approval for building 1,000 new homes is upheld, a barrister has warned.
Kevin Leigh sounded the alarm at the start of a judicial review in Birmingham Administrative Court as the borough council took its fight against the development to the High Court.
The council is asking judge Mr Justice Males to revoke approval after a Government inspector decided, at a public inquiry, that Welbeck Strategic Land and developer Comparo could go ahead with the Homelands and Cleevelands projects, north of Bishop's Cleeve, despite objections by the council and residents.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
The council decided to seek a judicial review, despite huge legal costs, in a bid to reverse the decision.
Mr Leigh said at the judicial review hearing that it should be the council making decisions about its housing and not the Government. He said there had been changes in Government housing policies and goalmouths had been moved.
Mr Leigh said the Government was telling the local authority to "pull its finger out" about its five year building policy or the Government would make the decisions for them.
"This is where the council and the Government are apart and the local authority is upset," said Mr Leigh.
Mr Leigh said the council was not saying no to new housing.
He added the council wanted to build homes in the best places, but that major developments could not be prepared in five minutes.
"Many local authorities do not have a five-year housing plan – it takes time," he said.
Mr James Maurici, representing the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, said the Government's five year building plan could not be challenged. All local authorities were expected to have a five-year building plan which Tewkesbury had not yet adapted and there was a 10 per cent shortfall on the target, he said.
The hearing, which has been listed for two days, continues today. A decision is expected at a later date.