Landmark ruling for neighbourhood planning

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A judge has given his ruling in a landmark case that could have repercussions for Neighbourhood Plans all over the country.

The neighbourhood plan for the Cheshire village of Tattenhall, which was approved by over 95 per cent of the community at public referendum, was taken to judicial review by two housebuilders.

On Friday, the judge ruled the plan’s favour, as follows: “In my judgment, for the reasons I have given, none of the grounds of challenge succeed. Accordingly this claim is dismissed.”

The public examination of Winslow’s neighbourhood plan which was due to heard in February, was delayed pending the outcome of the Tattenhall decision.