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Challenge to an emerging Local Development Plan

Mr Justice Beatson has dismissed a challenge to the Vale of Glamorgan's Local Development Plan preferred strategy brought by two developers that wished to see their own site included in the draft plan as a strategic housing allocation. The claimants had argued that the decision of the Council to endorse the preferred strategy, which excluded the claimants' site, was flawed by reason of a defective officers' report and by predetermination and a conflict of interest at officer level. The claimants had also argued that the Council had unlawfully failed to re-consult on the
options that had emerged at the pre-deposit stage. The Judge rejected all the grounds of challenge.

Morag Ellis QC and Robin Green appeared for the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

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