High Court Judgement in the case between NANT and SCDC

NANT PLANS TO APPLY TO APPEAL the judgement handed down on February 6th by Mrs Justice Patterson.

NANT is of course disappointed with today’s Judgement.

However we are pleased that the Judge, Mrs Justice Patterson, has recognised that SCDC went badly wrong procedurally at the early stages of developing its core strategy.  In addition there is some further criticism of SCDC in its failure to consult over the 2000 houses at other sites when it decided to double the housing allocation at BT Adastral Park from 1000 to 2000.

NANT is planning to apply to appeal because we cannot see how a proper decision can have been made on such shaky foundations both in the normal planning process and in the Council’s compliance with its obligations to protect the Deben Estuary SPA.

The BT Adastral Park allocation site is a 15 minute walk from the Deben Estuary.  The Deben Estuary is a very special and unique area of East Suffolk.  Not only is it within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but as a designated Special Protection Area (SPA) it has the highest level of nature conservation protection in Europe.  It doesn’t end there, it is also a Ramsar site which means that it is recognised as one of the world’s most important wetlands

This is what NANT is seeking to protect and we are pursuing our case through the courts to ensure that SCDC meets fully its statutory obligations to protect this very special area.


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