Turner v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and others

Town and country planning – Permission for development. The claimant challenged the first defendant Secretary of State's decision to grant planning permission, allowing the demolition of buildings and redevelopment, including eight new buildings with office, retail and residential uses. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the application, held that the inspector appointed by the Secretary of State had not erred in having regarded the developer's report as sufficient for his decision. Although the inspector had erred in dispensing with statements of case, there had been no prejudice. Further, the inspector's conduct had fallen below that which was to be expected, but that had not demonstrated a real possibility of bias.

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