Councils clash over land

Two Kent councils are on course for a High Court confrontation. Shepway District council has been granted leave to seek judicial review of Ashford Council's decision to discharge conditions relating to the development of a major site at Ashford. Shepway Council claims that outline planning consents granted in respect of the site did not provide for a proposed factory outlet centre. Counsel ranged against each other at the application for judicial review included QCs William Hicks, Malcolm Spence, Timothy Straker and Michael Fitzgerald.