Planning Review

    November 2010
    It was announced yesterday that Cala Homes has succeeded in its application for Judicial Review of the Coalition Government’s decision to abolish Regional Strategies.

    Cala’s interest stemmed from a proposal to build 2,000 homes on an 84 hectare site in Winchester. Their Judicial Review of the Secretary of State’s decision in 2007 to refuse planning permission was unsuccessful. A revised proposal was again refused permission by the Local Planning Authority in June and Cala appealed that decision. The revocation of Regional Strategies in July 2010 meant that, according to Cala, no appeal could proceed as there was no regional planning policy against which to judge the proposal. The judicial review against the Government’s decision was heard at the High Court on 22 October 2010. The effect of the Court’s judgment is to quash the decision of the Secretary of State to revoke Regional Strategies.