Court action to halt homes
A COUNCIL is taking legal action to try to overturn planning permission for more than 250 homes on a greenfield site.
Proposals for the housing development on fields off Hind Heath Road, Wheelock, near Sandbach, sparked fury among families when first unveiled in 2010.
Cheshire East Council went on to reject the application. But developer Richborough Estates, which claimed there was a shortage of housing in the area, took its case to appeal and won.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles later over-ruled the Planning Inspectorate's decision to approve it, only to see his ruling overturned by the High Court. The Government finally granted planning permission after a second appeal.
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Now the council claims the Government has not applied planning law correctly and is taking the case back to court.
Council leader Michael Jones said: "The fact we are prepared to go to the High Court demonstrates our commitment to defend our towns from unsustainable development."