Judicial Review: Refusal of Relief

September 10th, 2020 by James Goudie KC

In Gathercole v Suffolk County Council (2020) EWCA Civ 1179 relief was refused where planning permission, for a new village primary school near an airfield, had been granted without compliance with the public sector equality duty, in respect of the effect of aircraft noise on children with protected characteristics, but it was highly likely that the planning decision would have been the same if there had been compliance. The environmental statement in respect of alternative sites, was adequate, but even if it had not been that would not have had any substantive effect on the planning decision.

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