High Court victory for countryside campaigners

CherkleySurrey countryside campaigners have won their legal action against Mole Valley District Council over the decision to permit the building of a luxury golf and leisure complex at historic Cherkley Court near Leatherhead. In the High Court today (August 22) Mr Justice Haddon-Cave quashed Mole Valley’s decision over the decision to grant permission for the development at Leatherhead Downs. The case was brought by the Cherkley Campaign, a local action group, supported by the Surrey Branch of CPRE.
Tim Harrold, Chairman of the Cherkley Campaign, said: “This is a great victory for our campaign and for all who care about the countryside. Today’s judgment shows that we were entirely justified in pursuing this legal action and we are deeply grateful to all those members of the local community who rallied round and supported us in the face of an unprecedented propaganda onslaught and smear campaign by the developers.”
Andy Smith, CPRE Surrey Branch Director, said: “The judicial review has found that Mole Valley council made a flawed decision in allowing the Cherkley development to go ahead. We hope therefore that this is the end of the matter. The next step is for the developers to explain how they will go about repairing the appalling damage that they have already done to the landscape of Leatherhead Downs.”
Press contacts:
Tim Harrold, Chairman Cherkley Campaign, tel 01483 451543,
email tim.harrold@btinternet.com; web www.cherkleycampaign.co.uk;
Andy Smith, Director CPRE Surrey, tel 01372 362720 or mobile 07737 271676,
email cpre.surrey@btconnect.com, web www.cpresurrey.org.uk, twitter @CPRESurrey


The full text of the judgment is here:


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