Thorpe-Smith and another v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another

Town and country planning – Permission for development. The Planning Court dismissed the claimants' application to quash the decision of the inspector appointed by the first defendant Secretary of State, dismissing their appeal against the second defendant local planning authority's refusal of outline planning permission to construct an assisted living residential scheme and associated works. The inspector had not erred in his consideration of: (i) the disturbance to nearby homes; (ii) the impact on the character and appearance of the area's landscape; and (iii) the planning balance and the presumption in favour of sustainable development.

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