R (on the application of GRA Acquisition Ltd) v Oxford City Council

Town and country planning – Conservation area. The claimant sought judicial review of the defendant local planning authority's designation of Oxford Stadium as a conservation area, pursuant to s 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Area) Act 1990. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the application, held that the stadium had constituted an 'area', the designation had not been irrational and had considered material considerations. Accordingly, the desire to prevent the demolition of the area, which the authority had concluded fit the statutory criteria, with a character worth preserving or enhancing, was a proper purpose of designation.

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