New move to halt Axminster homes plan
PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 February 2011
Campaigners call for judicial review to stop 400 homes development at Cloakham Lawns
THE fight to stop 400 homes being built at Cloakham Lawns, in Axminster, stepped up a gear last night.
The town council – which is opposed to the development – was asked to consider calling for a judicial review into the planning authority’s decision to grant outline permission.
Campaigner Fred Wells said time was running out to prevent the massive scheme and safeguard hopes of a north-south bypass.
“Now is the time to initiate a judicial review and I suggest the council become actively involved in that ,” he said.
Mr Wells said to start the process would cost around £1,500 and a pre-application would halt the planning process and give them time to consider further action.
Councillor Jerry Walden warned that a judicial review would cost the council a lot of money – a year’s precept just to think about it.
“We need to know what we are doing,” he said.
The council agreed to call a special meeting – open to the public - to discuss their next move and invite a specialist planning lawyer to address them.
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