Cala Homes (South) Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Another: Admn 10 Nov 2010

Regional Spatial Stategies, setting targets for new homes within regions, and governing planning consents were to be withdrawn by the respondent and replaced in due course by a new planning bill. The claimant objected that this could only be achieved by primary legislation, and that pending such it was wrong to allow the respondent to withdraw the RSS documents.
Held: The challenge was well founded and that the action of the Secretary of State had been unlawful, for two reasons: first, because the Secretary of State’s attempt to use his power under section 79(6) of the 2009 Act to revoke all Regional Strategies in force at that date involved the use of that power for an improper purpose, essentially because the power given by that provision had not been intended by Parliament to be used to effect the abrogation of the Regional Strategy tier of planning policy by executive action; and, secondly, because the Secretary of State’s decision to revoke the Regional Strategy for the South-East had been taken without the necessary consideration of whether this change in the development plan was likely to have significant environmental effects, and was thus in breach of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive and Regulations.
Sales J
[2010] EWHC 2866 (Admin)
Bailii
Town and Country Planning Act 1990 79(6)
England and Wales
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See AlsoCala Homes (South) Ltd, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Another CA 27-May-2011
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CitedBroxbourne Borough Council v Robb and Others QBD 27-Jun-2011
broxbourne_robbQBD11
The Council applied for the committal of the defendant for an alleged breach of a without notice injunction. Notice of the injunction had been placed at the site, requiring nobody to move caravans onto the land.
Held: The application . .

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Updated: 01 June 2021; Ref: scu.425898