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DIGEST: Durham takes Planning Inspectorate to court

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Durham CC has applied for a judicial review in a bid to resolve an ongoing row with the Planning Inspectorate over its local plan.

The Planning Inspectorate had previously rejected the council’s proposed plan and it has since declined to re-examine the document.

Ian Thompson, corporate director of regeneration and economic development at Durham, said in a statement the council maintained the proposed plan “offers the best prospect for economic growth” in the area. He added: “We have explored every option and opportunity in our efforts to demonstrate this, which has included employing independent planning experts to review our business-backed predictions for growth.

“We now have no choice but to pursue this matter through the courts by way of a judicial review. This is not a decision we take lightly. This is not the position we hoped to be in.” 

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