Lord Mayor and Citizens of the City of Westminster v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another

Town and country planning – Permission for development. The claimant local authority appealed against the grant of planning permission to the second defendant to enable it to operate a supermarket. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the appeal, held that the inspector appointed by the first defendant Secretary of State had reached a decision he had been entitled to make in the exercise of his planning judgment, on the material before him. He had not erred in assessing the noise levels, and although he had indicated deliveries would have less impact at noisier hours of the day and smaller lorries would be easier, he had not obliged the second defendant to do so.

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