A referendum on a town’s blueprint for the future has been thrown into jeopardy today, Thursday after developers launched a judicial appeal.
The public were due to vote on the Winslow Neighbourhood Plan, on July 24, but Gladman Developments have launched a legal challenge.
The plan had received approval from an independent examiner and Aylesbury Vale District Council, agreeing with the inspector’s recommendations, gave the go-ahead for the referendum.
But in a 23-page document, Gladman Developments, which has an outstanding appeal for land at Glebe Farm, said the council’s decision was ‘unlawful’.
Among the developer’s claims are the examiner ignored written submissions and limited oral submissions during the plan’s hearing and the hearing was not long enough ‘for any sensible consideration of the important and significant matters to be addressed.’
They also claim the hearing was not ‘full and fair.’
Winslow town councillor, Llew Monger said: “This is a cynical attempt to prevent the residents having the opportunity to have their say the Winslow Neighbourhood Plan. I don’t believe they can stop the referendum but we will have to await further development.”