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LEGAL BATTLE FOR REFUGEES' HOTELS HEADED FOR HIGH COURT

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A legal battle over use of two Yarmouth hotels as homes for refugees and asylum seekers is heading for the high cou...
A legal battle over use of two Yarmouth hotels as homes for refugees and asylum seekers is heading for the high court following a decision in London last Tuesday.
The Westcliff-on-Sea-based company owning the two properties won the
go-ahead to mount a high court challenge to a government decision blocking it from using two hotels in Great Yarmouth to house homeless refugees and asylum-seekers.
At a five-minute hearing, a leading judge gave The Estuarys Ltd, of Bank Chambers, 172-180 Station Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, permission to mount a judicial review challenge to a
decision taken on behalf of deputy prime minister John Prescott to back local council action in respect of The Bloomfield Hotel and The Montague Hotel in Great Yarmouth.
In March and June 2000 respectively, Great Yarmouth BC issued enforcement notices in respect of The Bloomfield, at 7-10 Paget Road, and The Montague, at 2-3 Kent
Square, alleging that Estuarys had breached planning control by unlawfully changing the use of the hotels to accommodation for homeless people, including refugees and
asylum-seekers.
Estuarys appealed to John Prescott, in his role as the secretary of state for the environment, transport and the regions, but on 30 January this year, its appeal was refused by one of his
inspectors.
On Tuesday, Mr justice Henriques granted it the right to challenge that decision in judicial review proceedings in London's High Court later this year. Its application was not challenged
during the hearing.
STRAND NEWS SERVICE
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