Warth Park Judicial Review Application Refused

East Northamptonshire Council have released a statement today after a high court judge refused the application of the Warth Park Opposition Groups (WPOG) application for a judicial review regarding the decision to allow the Warth Park development to go ahead

“East Northamptonshire Council welcomed the decision made on Tuesday, 31 October that the potential Judicial Review of the decision to grant planning permission on 29 March 2017 for the expansion of the Howdens facility at Warth Park, Raunds (ref ENC/16/ 02119/FUL) has not been given permission to proceed.

 Applying for a Judicial Review of the council’s decision, the Claimant argued that the members of the planning committee had been misled as to the weight which could be applied to an emerging Neighbourhood Plan Policy.

Refusing the application at an oral renewal hearing, the High Court judge stated that she did not accept the claimant’s submission that members were misled and that the Claimant’s case was unarguable.  She further commented that the officer report was impeccable.  The Claimant has the right, with seven days of the decision, to apply to the Court of Appeal.

Councillor Steven North, Leader of the Council, welcomed the decision and noted that it “Vindicates the conduct and approach of the members of the council’s Planning Management Committee and officers, in reaching the decision on the Warth Park planning application.”

The council will continue to seek to recover any costs it can in relation to its defence of its decision.”

Members of the WPOG are clearly disappointed with the result and have expressed this on the Stop Warth Park Facebook group where residents are asked to no longer add any funds via the donation page, as these amounts may simply end up being recovered by ENDC or Roxhill.  The Crowd Justice page has since been taken down.

It is our understanding that should the Judicial review have been accepted then there would have been further protection of the monies that were donated by the local community, however since this was not granted, the same rules do not apply.

It is now up to the Judge to decide if any or how much funds can be allocated to Roxhill / ENDC or whether any of the funds can be used to pay for the solicitors and barrister who have been working on this case.

 

 

21 thoughts on “Warth Park Judicial Review Application Refused

    • Michael Brady
      2nd November 2017 at 10:26 pm
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      I’m at howdens m8 last couple of months & it’s great & they’ll be more jobs going when it’s fully operational & will be good for the town of raunds in general m8

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    • Terry Jax Hillier
      3rd November 2017 at 12:24 am
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      I’m all for creating jobs but they could have chosen a better site and not on people’s doorsteps where the wildlife live and bring joy to the people!!

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    • Lee Dicks
      3rd November 2017 at 6:52 am
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      Terry your very short sited, I’m in construction and every new site had wildlife on it including where you live

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    • Anne Dagen
      3rd November 2017 at 8:52 am
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      They did in fact lie about the number of jobs toe created, in this application and in a previous failed one close to Northampton. They reduced the number to less than half just days before the planning meeting. And ENDC have said that job creation was not a major factor in their decision to allow this highly automated warehouse.

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    • Lee Dicks
      3rd November 2017 at 9:00 am
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      The fact is it will create jobs for the people building it jobs for people working in it and jobs for people who deliver to it. All these people have mouths to feed

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    • Michael Brady
      3rd November 2017 at 9:04 am
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      and the food places down town are benefiting aswell & I know this for a fact 😁

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    • Amelia Jane Healing
      3rd November 2017 at 4:48 pm
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      Because it all being places in one small town we already have new Asda which has created many jobs for people. 🙂 They just need to rethink the location as we already have fair few warehouse. 🙂

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    • Lee Dicks
      3rd November 2017 at 4:55 pm
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      It’s coming wether we like it or not, once it’s all established you will all be able to enjoy the walks, personally I’m all for it as loads of local companies will benefit from them being there

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  • Debra Smith
    2nd November 2017 at 9:14 pm
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    Absolutely disgusted with the whole process and the lack of consideration that East Northants Council have given to the residents of Raunds and our opposition to this hideous monstrosity! Shame on you!

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  • 2nd November 2017 at 9:30 pm
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    What a sad time to be living in Raunds and surrounding villages, I feel incredibly let down, angry and so so sad for our town!
    Money and power odviously means more than local people’s objections, I only hope my children and grandchildren forgive I for one will not!!
    As for the promise of jobs and community improvement well I’ll believe that when pigs start to fly!!!

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  • Hayden Legge
    2nd November 2017 at 10:43 pm
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    Its not job creation they are against, they are against another green space surrounding Raunds being hemmed in by massive warehouses.

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    • Lee Dicks
      3rd November 2017 at 12:49 pm
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      The land was originally farm land with limited access to the public. The estate has now catered for people to access walks and stanwick lakes. They will be planting this and adding more walks and access for the public so I don’t see the issues

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    • Amelia Jane Healing
      3rd November 2017 at 4:39 pm
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      Creating jobs yes but killing wildlife. Raunds already has warehouses and a new Asda which has created many jobs. Also need to think of residents living in Raunds its not fair if its all being places in that small town.

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