High Court overturn planning permission for 73 dwellings near Ash Manor heritage site

High Court overturn planning permission for 73 dwellings near Ash Manor heritage site

Ash Green Residents Association (AGRA) has successfully appealed to the High Court and the grant of planning permission, reference 18/P/02456 for 73 dwellings on Land at Ash Manor has been quashed. The Judicial Review (JR) was launched by AGRA against Guildford Borough Council (GBC) in relation to planning permission that was granted to Bewley Homes earlier this year. The JR was financially supported by  Ash Parish Council (APC). Cllr Nigel Kearse who represents Ash Green on APC said,

“I am pleased that Ash Parish Council has been able to financially assist AGRA in their request for a Judicial Review and, I am also delighted that the decision taken by Mrs Justice Lang was in their favour”

The Judge stated, with respect to Ground 1 of the claim, Treatment of a Heritage Asset, that “the Planning Officer’s report seriously and materially mislead the Planning Committee” and planning consent is there for “refused under section 31(2A) of the Senior Courts Act 1981”.

Whilst there this is a victory for Ash Green Residents, fears continue to grow as the Bewley Homes has already submitted a new but similar application, to GBC for the same site.

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