Local Government Reorganisation

March 4th, 2022

In R (Cumbria County Council) v SoS (2022) EWHC 388 (Admin) Fordham J. refused to the County Council’s renewed application on a number of grounds for permission to bring Judicial Review proceedings against a decision of the SoS, following Statutory Guidance and consultation, to split the County into 2 unitary authorities. There was no reasonable arguability with a realistic prospect of success.  The Statutory Guidance was not an unlawful departure from Government policy in relation to “minimum population size”. Nor had the SoS acted unlawfully with respect to the possibility of a Mayoral Combined Authority, the strengths and weaknesses of an East/West proposal and a single unitary proposal, or consistency with his North Yorkshire decision.

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