On 24 September John Denham, the Secretary of State, issued his decision dismissing Dunsfold Park Ltd’s appeal and refusing planning permission for a new town on Dunsfold Aerodrome.
Mr Denham’s reasons included –
However Mr Denham also concluded that –
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The Secretary of State’s decision is final unless it is quashed by the Courts on a successful application for judicial review made within six weeks of the date of the decision. Broadly the grounds are illegality (unlawfulness), irrationality (unreasonableness) and procedural impropriety (unfairness). For example if the Courts decide that the SoS has taken into account matters irrelevant to his decision or has failed to take into account relevant matters the Courts could set aside his decision.
If an application for judicial review succeeds it means that the SoS must reconsider the matter afresh. It doesn’t mean that he can’t reach the same conclusion for different (or more detailed) reasons.
Commenting on the decision SDPNT’s chairman Professor Chris Marks said “The ratepayers of Waverley have paid for the huge costs of processing this planning application and of defending, at the subsequent planning inquiry, the Council’s decision to refuse planning permission. This proposal has been hanging over the heads of the local population since it was first proposed seven years ago. By not allowing the planning appeal the Secretary of State has endorsed the views of the local residents and all the many public bodies – Parish, Borough and County Councils, SEERA and SEEDA – who have opposed the development”.
Professor Marks added “I hope this will now be the end of the matter and the developer will focus its efforts on finding other eco friendly uses for Dunsfold Park of a suitable size and nature for a rural environment”.