Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting PKNEWS to 80360
Judicial review into a huge development near Truro rejected
4:30pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
A bid to hold a judicial review into the planning consent for a huge development near Truro has been rejected by the High Court.
The High Court has rejected an application made by Truro City Council for a judicial review of Cornwall Council’s decision to grant permission for the housing development scheme at Langarth Farm, Threemilestone, Truro.
The development, which received outline consent earlier this year, is for 1,500 new homes, including 525 affordable homes, a primary school, care village, community centre, hotel and a 600-space extension to the Threemilestone Park and Ride facility at Langarth Farm.
Inox Group, the Exeter-based company behind the £400 million development has welcomed tyhe decision.
The court also rejected a bid by Truro City Council to secure a protective costs order which would have capped its liability for legal costs.
Inox managing director Rob Saltmarsh said: “Inox is naturally delighted that the Judge has dismissed the application for judicial review of the Langarth planning permission and also the application by Truro City Council for cost protection. Although we are entitled to pursue the council for our own legal costs, we have decided not to do so.
“Inox appreciates that Truro City Council was exercising its democratic right in bringing this case, but we felt from the outset that there were no justifiable grounds for the claim. We understand that the City Council could still ask for the case to be heard in open court, but sincerely hope that this ruling is an end to the matter.
“Our anticipated start date on site has obviously been put back by these delays, but we are now looking to commence construction during 2015 and we look forward to working up the reserved matters planning applications.
“Although a separate project, Inox remains fully committed to securing funding for the Stadium for Cornwall and we will do all we can to make this project a reality. The stadium remains a hugely exciting opportunity for the whole of Cornwall."
Inox’s Langarth Farm mixed-use development would create some of the shared infrastructure for the Stadium for Cornwall, which was granted planning permission in April this year.
The decision has been welcomed by the Stadium for Cornwall Group.
Rod Lyon, general secretary, S4C Group, said: "Importantly for the Stadium for Cornwall Group, this decision now enables serious funding discussions to take place for the long-awaited Stadium project, making its construction a reality instead of a possibility."
Comments are closed on this article.