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High court decision on Newbury sports hub

The High Court has decided that West Berkshire Council acted lawfully when it granted planning permission for a new Sports Hub at Monks Lane.

The Claimant, Mr Alan Pearce, was ordered to pay the Council’s costs.

Responding to the judgment, Lynne Doherty,  (Con, Speen) the leader of the council said: “We are delighted that the Judge has agreed that our decision as local planning authority to grant permission for the construction of the Sports Hub at Monks Lane, Newbury, was correct.

“We have been clear from the outset that the claims made by those seeking the judicial review were entirely without foundation and that our position was sound.
“This judgment has reinforced our stance and shown that our planning processes were conducted appropriately.
“Regrettably each day that has gone by since these baseless claims were filed has seen taxpayer money wasted, due to both legal costs and inflationary rises in eventual construction costs.
 “This is a great outcome for West Berkshire as we can now move on and make progress on creating this much-needed leisure facility that will enhance the lives of local people.”