R (on the application of Forest Of Dean Friends Of The Earth) v Forest Of Dean District Council

Town and country planning – Permission for development. The claimant challenged the defendant local authority's grant of outline planning permission to the interested party for two sites. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the application, held that the authority could rationally conclude that the requirements of reg 61(5) of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010, SI 2010/490 had been met. Further, the authority had been entitled to rely on Natural England's withdrawal of its objections, as it had correctly done so and, in any event, the authority had been entitled to presume it had been correct.

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