Lichfield and Burntwood local plan legal challenge rejected

Work on Lichfield and Burntwood’s local plan can continue after a developer’s legal challenge was rejected.

IM Properties Development had attempted to launch a judicial review against Lichfield District Council’s decision to approve main modifications to its draft plan.

Lichfield District Council's offices. Pic: Lichfield District Council

Lichfield District Council’s offices. Pic: Lichfield District Council

The changes being contested were believed to relate to a proposal to release green belt land for new housing.

But Mrs Justice Patterson ruled that she had “no jurisdiction” to hear the claim as the modifications were under scrutiny by a government planning inspector.

Cllr Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for economic development and growth, said: ““We are very pleased with the ruling, which means that work on our local plan can resume in earnest.”

The local plan outlines the future development of the area and had been altered after a planning inspector decided that an increased number of new homes were needed across Lichfield and Burntwood.

That led to a report being drawn up outlining potential new sites, as well as an increase in the number of homes expected to be built in Fradley.

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