Thornhill v Cambridge City Council and another

Town and country planning – Change of use. The local authority had granted planning permission for the change of use of a second hand car sales site to a car hire business with ancillary office space. The business was on a scrap metal yard. The applicant had been refused permission to apply for judicial review of the authority's decision as the development proposal had not come within the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 1999, SI 1999/293. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, dismissed the applicant's appeal as the proposal did not qualify as a change to or an extension of an 'industrial estate development project' as the scrap metal yard could not be so described in accordance with the first column of para 10(a) of the table in Sch 2 to the Regulations.

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