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Appeal Court gives green light to Bluestone challenge


8 April 2005

 

Appeal Court gives green light to Bluestone Challenge

 

The Court of Appeal has given the green light for the Council for National Parks (CNP) (1) to appeal against the High Court’s judgment (2) on the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s approval (3) of the Bluestone holiday village.  This means that the battle to prevent a so-called “holiday village” from desecrating the Park’s countryside is far from over.

 

In granting permission to appeal the Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Keene recognised that “the point advanced in the grounds of appeal is properly arguable and raises an issue of considerable importance about the relationship between Section 54A and development plan policies.  It should be considered by the full Court”.

 

Welcoming the Appeal Court’s decision, Ruth Chambers, CNP’s Head of Policy, said: “We are delighted that the Appeal Court has granted permission (4) on the application for appeal which means that our legal challenge has cleared an important hurdle.  In giving CNP leave to appeal the judge has recognised the importance of the case.  

 

“The appeal is a crucial test of whether or not the claim of local economic benefit should be allowed to displace planning policies established to protect National Parks.  We believe that the appeal has a good chance of succeeding and we will present the strongest possible case to the Appeal Court judges”.

 

Sylvia Davies, CNP’s Welsh Affairs Officer, added: “This case is crucially important for the Welsh National Parks because it will answer the question on everyone’s mind – are National Parks adequately protected by the planning system?  We are greatly encouraged by the support that we have received for our action from local people in Pembrokeshire, as well as from the rest of Wales and elsewhere in the UK.  This reflects the public interest in this case and in the protection of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park“.

 

Notes to Editors

1.              CNP is the national charity that works to protect and enhance the National Parks of England and Wales, and areas that merit National Park status, and promote understanding and quiet enjoyment of them for the benefit of all.

2.              On 17 December 2004 the High Court judge Mr Justice Jack held that the decision to grant permission for the Bluestone development – comprising 340 timber lodges, a brand new “village”, sports club and sewage-treatment works – was lawful. 

3.              The Park Authority’s development control committee approved the outline planning application on 28 January 2004

4.              Order made by the Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Keene.

 

Contact:           Ruth Chambers (020 7924 4077 ext. 222 or 07769 676 397)

 

 

Ruth Chambers

Deputy Chief Executive

Council for National Parks

020 7924 4077 ext 222

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email info@cnp.org.uk

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6/7 Barnard Mews

London

SW11 1QU

Tel 020 7924 4077        Fax 020 7924 5761

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Baltic House, Mount Stuart Square

Cardiff

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in England and Wales at 6/7 Barnard Mews,

London SW11 1QU.

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Mae Cyngor y Parciau Cenedlaethol yn elusen

gofrestredig rhif 295336 ac yn gwmni cyfyngedig

trwy warant rhif 2045556, cofrestrwyd yn Lloegr

a Chymru yn 6/7 Barnard Mews,

London SW11 1QU.

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