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MILTON KEYNES LOSES FIRST CASE

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Milton Keynes BC's fight to stop a new grammar school being built within in its boundaries has suffered a setback....
Milton Keynes BC's fight to stop a new grammar school being built within in its boundaries has suffered a setback.

The council has lost its first Court of Appeal challenge to the school, which is being proposed by Conservative-controlled Buckinghamshire CC (LGC, 7 February).

The court last week rejected Milton Keynes's appeal against a High Court judge's dismissal of its judicial review challenge to Buckinghamshire's decision to approve the school plans.

But the appeal judges allowed the borough to launch an alternative challenge in which it will seek to force the county council to withdraw its proposal.

This case will be heard as a matter of urgency in London's High Court. Milton Keynes hopes this happens before April, when it gains unitary status. Milton Keynes argued that the county had no power to make the grammar school proposal because it knew that ultimately the cost and responsibility for it would fall on the new unitary authority.
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