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‘Fight is still on’ but high court review dropped

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

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MORE than 120 people have attended a protest group meeting which has decided to drop its judicial review in favour of ‘calling in’ a controversial housing plan.

Friends of Outwoods invited residents to The de Ferrers Academy on Thursday to discuss the next step of the fight against Hallam Land Management’s plans to build up to 950 homes in Upper Outwoods following a meeting with Burton MP Andrew Griffiths.

Residents voted in favour of no longer pursuing the judicial review and will, instead, use the thousands of pounds they have raised to pursue the fight in the high court to pay off legal fees and refund residents.

However, it does not mean the fight is over and John Anderson, member of Friends of Outwoods who chaired the meeting, said: “We have voted to let Andrew Griffiths call it in and he will draft a letter to Eric Pickles (Secretary of State for communities and local government) who will investigate it with his department.

“To call it in there has to be issues of national importance.”

The group is now collating what they claim are such issues for the letter.

Mr Anderson added if the group had won the judicial review, the second application would be stopped, but Hallam Land Management’s appeal against East Staffordshire Borough Council’s non determination of its first, almost identical application would still be heard in March.

They would have used to costs won to fight the appeal.

Mr Anderson said: “We had more than 120 people attend the meeting. It was a very good meeting and people were asking a lot of questions.

“It tells me what Upper Outwoods to be built on, they want to protect their environment.”

If the application goes ahead, the 950 homes will be joined by a primary school, shops and health care and community facilities.

However concerns were raised over traffic and over-development.

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