Parish council wins ‘decisive’ High Court fight over rural homes

High Court win for a parish council over its district authority has big implications for rural housebuilding schemes.

A parish council has a won High Court fight against its district authority that could decide the future for rural house-building in England.

East Bergholt Parish Council, Suffolk, brought a test case against Babergh District Council over home plans in the parish that inspired one of Britain’s greatest artists.

Today (Dec 9) the High Court ruled the district council’s planning decision to allow 10 homes to be built in East Bergholt, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, was flawed as it did not take account of the village’s needs – as set out in Babergh District Council’s own local plan.


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