*Hopkins Developments Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Town and country planning – Inquiry. The inspector appointed by the defendant Secretary of State dismissed the claimant's appeal against the refusal of outline planning permission. The judge quashed that decision, as the claimant had not had a reasonable opportunity of addressing character/appearance and sustainability issues, which had turned out to be determinative. The Secretary of State appealed. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, in allowing the appeal, held that issues of character/appearance and sustainability had clearly been live, and the claimant had had an opportunity to make any submission which it had wished on those matters.

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