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Supreme Court rejects fresh appeal over Adastral Park homes

PUBLISHED: 17:37 15 May 2015 | UPDATED: 17:37 15 May 2015

Martlesham Heath and Adastral Park

Martlesham Heath and Adastral Park

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Protesters’ hopes of taking their bid to block 2,000 new homes to the Supreme Court have been dashed after their latest legal challenge was dismissed.

No Adastral New Town (NANT) has been fighting the project planned for land at BT’s Adastral Park complex at Martlesham Heath.

The group had already lost two prominent cases in the High Court and Appeal Court against Suffolk Coastal’s local plan, and had been hoping for leave to take a fresh case to the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, to have the previous decisions overturned.

A spokeswoman for NANT said last night that the group was “incredibly disappointed” and would be meeting their lawyer Richard Buxton to discuss the decision and the way forward.

Suffolk Coastal welcomed the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a fresh appeal and said hopefully this would now leave the way clear for the authority to push ahead with the implementation of its local plan – creating much-needed new homes and jobs across the district.

Geoff Holdcroft, cabinet member for planning, said: “We welcome the latest decision and hope that this will bring an end to this protracted legal process, which has already created a completely unnecessary delay to implementation of the plan to provide new homes and jobs in Suffolk Coastal.

“The local plan has already been examined in detail and validated through two court cases.

“These came after we spent nearly a decade developing the plan, during which time it was open to public scrutiny and comment, before being given the final seal of approval by the independent Planning Inspectorate.

“We hope that we can now put all this negative speculation and uncertainty behind us in order to push forward with implementing the local plan, which lays out in detail how we will work with the community to ensure the vitality of the local economy through providing job opportunities and much-needed new homes, particularly for young families and low wage earners in the district.”

NANT, which was ordered to pay £10,000 in legal costs after the failure of its action in the Court of Appeal, had argued that Suffolk Coastal failed in its legal obligations when it approved its Core Strategy, allocating the site near the River Deben for the extensive development, and that its process to choose the Adastral Park site was flawed.

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