Friday, 16 February 2018

CPRE's legal bid to stop Woodcut axed

Development at Junction 8 of the M20, the site of the notoriously controversial former Kent International Gateway proposals, is now a step closer.

A judge has dismissed an attempt by the Kent branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to overturn Maidstone council's allocation of the site for development in its recently adopted local plan.

The site at Woodcut Farm was earmarked as an employment scheme but CPRE issued a 'pre-action letter' asking the council to delay the consideration of a planning application while its legal challenge was in motion.

Roxhill Developments submitted an outline application for 49,000 square metres of mixed employment floorspace on the site. Approved by Maidstone Borough Council, following officers' recommendation to approve.

The honourable Mrs Justice Lang DBE rejected CPRE's bid to bring about a judicial review.

As Woodcut Farm now progresses through detailed planning, CPRE will no doubt continue to oppose.

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