New move to halt Axminster homes plan

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.

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“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.