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The Secretary of State’s attempted revocation of regional strategies create further ripples


Further ripples from the Secretary of State's attempted revocation of regional strategies.

In Murphy v Secretary of State and Wycombe District Council the claimant has challenged the refusal of planning permission for a gypsy caravan site on the grounds that no opportunity was given to the parties to make representations on the reinstatement of the regional strategy, which had been revoked by the Secretary of State shortly before the inquiry began, and then reinstated following the Cala Homes litigation before the Secretary of State issued his decision in the appeal.

Similar arguments were advanced in relation to the Secretary of State's announcement of his intention to withdraw Circular 01/2006. Foskett J has reserved judgment.

Alan Masters appeared for the claimant. James Maurici appeared for the Secretary of State and Robin Green for Wycombe DC.