Legal challenge to the Core Strategy

Following the adoption of the Core Strategy on the 25 September 2013, there was a six-week period during which any person aggrieved by the Core Strategy could make an application to the High Court under Section 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 on the grounds that the document is not within the appropriate powers, or that a procedural requirement has not been complied with.

On 4 November 2013 a legal challenge was received to the plan from Grand Union Investments Ltd. Further information about this challenge is set out in the our  frequently asked questions (PDF 157 KB) document.

The legal challenge was heard in the High Court on 26 and 27 March 2014.

Judge Lindblom handed down his judgment on 12 June 2014. He found in favour of the Council on both of the grounds of challenge. The challenge has therefore been dismissed. GUI’s legal team submitted an appeal request at the judgment hearing, but this was refused. GUI did not seek to appeal via the Court of Appeal. 

 The transcript of the High Court Judgment (PDF 3.26MB).

If you require any further information, please contact the Strategic Planning team on 01442 228000 or email

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