Court battle looms over Axminster homes plan

PUBLISHED: 12:13 18 April 2011

Cloakham campaigners Fiona Hayes and Fred Wells launch the £25,000 appeal

Cloakham campaigners Fiona Hayes and Fred Wells launch the £25,000 appeal

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Town council to consult a barrister with a view to seeking a Judicial Review into Cloakham development

AXMINSTER Town Council is preparing to mount a legal challenge to the granting of permission for up to 400 homes at Cloakham Lawns.

Acting on advice from a planning consultant, members agreed, on Saturday, to consult a barrister “with a view to a pre-application letter being sent to East Devon District Council stating that Axminster Town Council would be seeking a Judicial Review of planning application 10/0816/MOUT”.

Town Clerk Hilary Kirkcaldie stressed: “In taking this action, Axminster Town Council is acting on its own and completely independently of any other persons or group.”

The independent Save our Parkland group recently launched a £25,000 appeal to help fund any legal action to halt the housing development, for which land owners Axminster Carpets were granted outline planning consent.


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