St Albans City and District Council v Secretary of State for the Communities and Local Government and others

Town and country planning – Permission for development. The claimant local planning authority challenged the decision of the first defendant Secretary of State to grant the second defendant planning permission for a strategic rail freight interchange. The Planning Court, in dismissing the application, held that the Secretary of State and his inspector had not erred in imposing a legal test requiring a good or very good planning reason for disagreeing with an earlier decision, or improperly fettered their discretion. Further, matters in another decision of the Secretary of State had not been obviously material to the present case that he had been obliged to take them into account.

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