A ‘need’ for golf courses

The case of R (oao Cherkeley Campaign Limited) v Mole Valley DC and Anr is a very interesting read and provides a useful source of guidance on the meaning of ‘need’, as well as considering the point as to whether the explanatory text supporting a policy is saved’ when the policy itself is saved.

On that latter point the answer was ‘yes’. The case involved the grant of planning permission for a ‘five-star’ golf course and additional facilities in Surrey. The application site benefitted from just about every special designation available including green-belt status. Notwithstanding a strong officer recommendation for refusal, members decided to grant…

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