Downe Hall battle continues

The Law Lords are considering whether to allow the battle over the development of Downe Hall to go to a full House of Lords appeal. The case focuses on the rights of local authorities to weigh the practical advantages of development against listed building policies when deciding whether to allow schemes to go ahead. So far the High Court and the appeal court have upheld planning consent granted by West Dorset District Council for development at Downe Hall, a listed building inside the Bridport Conservation Area.