R (on the application of McCann) v Bridgend County Borough Council

Natural Justice – Duty to act fairly. The claimant sought judicial review of the defendant local authority's decision to close a school and merge it with another. The Administrative Court, in allowing the application, held that the authority had failed to: (i) set out in the consultation document the alternatives considered and the reasons why they had been discounted; (ii) address the requirement that standards in the new school would be, at least, equivalent to those at the school; (iii) provide a community impact assessment with the consultation document; and (iv) provide the Regional Assembly members with the relevant documents.

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