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750 home development goes ahead as legal challenge thrown out

Lichfield District Council HQ.

An appeal to stop 750 new homes being built near Lichfield has been dismissed by the high court.

The District Council ran a legal challenge after the government ruled the development north West of the city could go ahead.

The authority says the project at Curborough goes against their local plan - and they are very disappointed by the ruling.

Of the decision Cllr Ian Pritchard, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Environment and Development, said:
“While we accept the High Court’s view that the Secretary of State’s decision was not unlawful in disagreeing with the planning inspector, the fact remains that this is a bad decision for Lichfield District and for the planning system in England.
“By producing up to date local plans and planning to meet needs within an area, national planning policy makes it clear that local authorities, such as Lichfield District Council, will be supported in refusing applications that are not in accordance with a plan. This is a well-established and understood principle that provides certainty and confidence in decision taking. 
“Unfortunately, in this case the Secretary of State’s desire to see more houses developed in England has completely overridden any other considerations, including the fact that we are planning to meet our needs and carrying out this responsibility.”

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