The decision of the High Court today (Tuesday 1 July 2014) means that Hereford Rugby Club's planning application can go ahead.
On 17 September 2012, Herefordshire Council granted outline planning permission to Hereford Rugby Club for the proposed development of ‘grass and all weather sports pitches, clubhouse, indoor training building, car parking and landscaping supported by enabling residential development of 190 units’. For more information, please see the planning application.
The site lies within the civil parish of Hampton Bishop. The parish council brought a judicial review proceeding against the council to challenge the grant of planning permission.
The decision of the High Court this morning was that the council awarded planning permission lawfully and that the decision should stand.
Therefore the development can take place and the rugby club can relocate.
Marc Willimont, Head of development management and environmental health, said: “The High Court agreed that the planning committee was presented the application in a fair and balanced manner and that committee members considered only material planning matters when coming to their decision. It is a pity that much time has been lost in the relocation of the rugby club, but I am pleased that the issue has been concluded.”
The full judgement is available on the Court of Appeal's website.