May 28th, 2021 by James Goudie KC

In R (Wyatt) v Fareham BC (2021) EWHC 1434 (Admin) Jay J dismissed 8 grounds for judicial review of the Council’s decision to grant outline planning permission for a housing development, notwithstanding advice to the contrary from Natural England on habitats grounds and in accordance with the precautionary principle. Applying an appropriate margin of appreciation, in an area which is technical and complex, the Judge was not persuaded, on a Wednesbury basis, that the assessment carried out for the purposes of the planning application was otherwise than sufficiently precautionary.


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