The High Court has today refused an application for a judicial review over the handling of a controversial 195-homes scheme near Bewdley, calling it “hopelessly unarguable and bound to fail.”
Developers Gladman have been told they cannot continue their fight to build on a green field site in Bewdley.
The scheme had initially drawn thousands of protests. It was rejected by Wyre Forest District Council planners on the grounds it would have a detrimental impact on the riverside town.
The council also argued the development was unnecessary and undesirable, and would adversely harm the local character of the landscape.
The case went to appeal – in March an independent planning inspector also refused permission.
Gladman then applied for permission for a judicial review into the decision but now Mr Justice Holgate has announced he has rejected that application.
In refusing the permission Mr Holgate stated that Gladman’s claim is “hopelessly unarguable and bound to fail.”
The campaign group Bewdley Says No to Gladman committee reacted with joy to the ruling, which brings the saga to an end.
“We have been told that the 800+ individual letters and emails from the community, expressing strong and well-reasoned
objections, was unprecedented.
“So I want to take this opportunity to thank all those from the community in Bewdley and Wyre Forest who have supported the campaign in any way, whether it was written, financial, time, energy or moral.”
Councillor Ian Hardiman, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration said:
“We warmly welcome the High Court’s refusal of permission for a judicial review and are delighted that once again the conclusions reached by our planning committee have been backed. This case highlights that as a council we are not afraid to say “no” to development in the wrong place.”