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HIGH COURT OVERTURNS GUMMER'S PLANNING DECISION

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court ref no: CO/0023/96 ...
court ref no: CO/0023/96

Controversial plans to build a superstore near Trowbridge were today boosted by a judge's announcement in London's high court.

Eve Developments Ltd has since March 1994 been trying to get planning permission to build the store - along with a service yard, car parking and site access - on land adjoining Yeoman Way and Bradley Road.

Environment secretary John Gummer called in the application and a four-day local inquiry was held before a DoE planning inspector in June last year.

The inspector recommended that planning consent be granted, but he was overruled by Mr Gummer who in November last year decided to refuse it.

Eve Developments was due to mount a high court appeal against the minister's decision, but Mr Justice Laws' announcement today saved the company from having to fight its case in court.

The judge said Mr Gummer, having 'carefully considered' the developer's grounds of complaint, now conceded that his decision 'should not be allowed to stand'.

The minister's decision was overturned by the judge with Mr Gummer's consent. West Wiltshire DC, Wiltshire CC and the Trowbridge and District Chamber of Commerce also consented to the judge's order.

Mr Gummer will now have to reconsider his decision.

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