Back in February we reported on the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council pre-submission Core Strategy consultation.
Progress on the Core Strategy has now been halted by a successful legal challenge brought about by the Manydown Company Limited in relation to the failure of the Council to allocate land for housing development at Manydown west of Basingstoke. This land is owned freehold by the Company but the Council holds it on a 999-year lease having acquired it in 1996 with the express purpose of promoting comprehensive housing development. However the Council, in drawing up the draft Core Strategy took the position that the land was “unavailable” for development – because in its landowning capacity it had decided not to make it available.
The judgement by Mr Justice Lindblom found unlawful:
- the Council’s decision on 15 December 2011, to refuse a proposed motion calling for the council to reconsider its position on the promotion of Manydown
- the decision on 23 January 2012 of Cabinet re-affirming the selection of sites for the pre submission core strategy and approving the pre submission core strategy for consultation.
He issued an order quashing the decisions and requiring the Council to reconsider them. Effectively in light of the decision the Council needs to revisit its position in respect of the Manydown land.
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