Catesby Estates plc are pleased to announce the legal challenge against the decision of Wealden District Council to grant consent for up to 390 new homes in Willingdon has been blocked by the Court of Appeal.

Wealden District Council granted consent for up to 390 dwellings on a 79 acre site north of Hazelwood Avenue, Willingdon in October 2016, some 5 months after submission. 

Planning officers and councillors recognised the comprehensive benefits of the scheme proposed by Catesby Estates, and concluded on balance that the limited harm of the proposals were substantially outweighed by the benefits.

The claim had previously been refused twice in the High Court, with both judges upholding the decision of the planning committee. The case was subsequently heard in the Court of Appeal in March 2018, but was dismissed on the 8th June 2018. The court accepted the submissions from both Wealden District Council and Catesby Estates that the committee report should be read as a whole, and the officer was entitled to come to the view that she did in recommending approval. A subsequent application by the Claimant to proceed to the Supreme Court was refused by the Court of Appeal.

David Morris, Planning Director at Catesby Estates said “We welcome the decision by the court, and look forward to bringing this site forward for housing.  Our proposals include new sports pitches and allotments alongside new much needed homes, including policy compliant provision of 137 affordable dwellings."

"These benefits will benefit the local community and give local people looking for a new home in the area the chance to take their first steps on the housing ladder.”

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