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HISTORIC VILLAGES CONSIDER APPEAL AGAINST 2,500 NEW HOMES

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Parish councils for four 'Domesday book' villages are considering mounting an appeal court challenge after the high...
Parish councils for four 'Domesday book' villages are considering mounting an appeal court challenge after the high court okayed Uttlesford DC's plans to allow 2,500 hew homes for Stansted Airport workers.

The East Anglian Daily Times reports (p13) that John Gibb, chairman of Birchanger Parish Council, said all four parishes would meet to decided whether to continue the legal fight after meeting with lawyers. But he said they had already spent £30,000 even before having to pay Uttlesford's costs.

Lawyer Dominic Hopkins from Hewitson Becke and Shaw said the implications of Tuesday's high court ruling could be far reaching, the paper reports.

'Planning authorities have a legal obligation to consult parish councils on matters such as this. However it is now clear that parish councils and others with a close interest in the future of their villages can be excluded from the process, while rival developers are able to promote their cases to the fullest extent,' he said.
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