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Victory for SAVE Britain's Heritage in Court of Appeal

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The Court of Appeal has found in favour of SAVE Britain's Heritage so that the Secretary of State is required to give reasons for refusing to call in for his/her own determination an application for planning permission. Officials forgot about a 2001 policy announced in Parliament promising reasons to promote openness and good administration.

Harrison Grant instructed by SAVE; Richard Harwood QC appeared for SAVE in the High Court and Court of Appeal. 

The judgment is here:

Para 47 a zinger from LJ Coulson: 'From [SoS] point of view, therefore, so far so bad: but it gets worse.'

This case has been reported widely, from Local Government Lawyer to the Morning Star.