Council seeks judicial review following public inquiry decision - Thames Farm, Reading Road, Shiplake

Released on September 5, 2017

South Oxfordshire District Council is seeking a judicial review of a decision to allow development of up to 95 homes on land at Thames Farm, Reading Road, Shiplake, following a public inquiry.

The Council refused a planning application for the development on 14 September 2016. The applicant appealed and a public inquiry was held in June this year.

Following the public inquiry, the planning inspector concluded last month (August) that the appeal should be upheld and the development allowed to go ahead.

The Council is now seeking a judicial review of the decision.

Councillor John Cotton, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “I can confirm that we have now agreed to seek a judicial review in relation to Thames Farm. Given that proceedings are now in progress, we are unable to comment any further at this stage.”

In summary, the grounds on which the council is seeking the review are that:

  • the inspector failed to address the proposed development’s conflict with the spatial strategy policies in the council's Development Plan.
  • the inspector failed to address the council’s arguments concerning the application of a 20 per cent buffer as advised in paragraph 47 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

Further information about the planning application is available on the planning pages.