Woodcock Holdings Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another

Town and country planning – Permission for development. The claimant challenged the decision of the first defendant Secretary of State to dismiss its appeal against the second defendant local planning authority's refusal of outline planning permission. The Planning Court, in allowing the application, held that: (i) the Secretary of State had failed to identify the nature and extent of any conflict with the neighbourhood plan; (ii) para 49 of the National Planning Policy Framework applied to an emerging development plan; (iii) the Secretary of State had failed to apply his policy on prematurity; and (iv) the Secretary of State had failed to apply his policy on the weight to be given to an emerging plan.

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