Secretary of State Challenging High Court Decision on Thames Farm

thames-farm-2The Secretary of State is challenging a high court judge’s decision on a planning application for 110 houses at Thames Farm, Shiplake.  The site was put forward originally in the Joint Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan but was rejected.  Details of the application can be downloaded here.

The case is quite complicated, so below is an explanation of what has happened so far:

  • In December 2014, the planning committee refused a planning application for 110 homes at Thames Farm.
  • The applicant appealed our decision, but the planning inspector dismissed the appeal, mainly for highway reasons.
  • The applicant then took the case to a judicial review and won the case – the judge ruling that the planning inspector’s approach to highway matters was incorrect.
  • The judge quashed the appeal decision, which means the appeal would have to be heard again at a public inquiry, where all the planning issues would be reconsidered.
  • The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government is now challenging the judge’s decision, arguing the planning inspector has the right to make a decision based on the highway matters.

The case will now be heard at the court of appeal.