Jones, Regina (on the Application of) v Mansfield District Council and Another: CA 16 Oct 2003

Plannning permission was sought. Objectors said that it would have such an impact that an environmental impact assessment was required. They now sought judicial review of the decision to proceed without one.
Held: The judge had explained the approach correctly, and the role of the court is to conduct a Wednesbury review of the decision of the council. That review was also correct. It was not a Gillespie case. The committee already had substantial information before it. A planning authority could not rely upon undertakings and conditions to secure compliance with the requirements for an assessment.


Lord Justice Laws Ord Justice Dyson And Lord Justice Carnwath


[2004] Env LR 391, [2003] EWCA Civ 1408, Times 31-Oct-2003




Town and Country Planning (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1988, Council Directive 85/337/EEC of 17 June 1995 on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment


England and Wales


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Sympathetic construction of national legislation
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CitedBellway Urban Renewal Southern v Gillespie CA 27-Mar-2003
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CitedBurkett, Regina (on the Application of) v Hammersmith and Fulham Admn 15-May-2003
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Appeal fromJones, Regina (on the Application Of) v Mansfield District Council Admn 20-Jan-2003
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CitedChampion, Regina (on The Application of) v North Norfolk District Council and Another SC 22-Jul-2015
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Updated: 08 June 2022; Ref: scu.186820