East Suffolk Council successfully defends its decision to grant planning permission to develop homes at the site of former offices, Melton Hill, Woodbridge.
A Judge in the Administrative Court dismissed all of the claims made against the Council, and found that its approach to the granting of planning consent was lawful.
Cllr David Ritchie, East Suffolk Cabinet Member for Planning and Coastal Management, said: "I welcome the Judgment in the Melton Hill case, which fully vindicates the approach taken by the Council, as local planning authority, in the determination of the application for 100 homes on the former Council office site.
"The main issue in this case was around the approach which the Council had taken to ensure that the right level of affordable housing would be provided on site. I am very pleased that the Judge found the decision to issue planning permission for the development to be lawful. I’d like to thank our Planning Officers for their consistent, thorough and professional advice throughout this long running case and the Planning Committee, for resolutely ensuring a full and considered debate was undertaken, and for approving the scheme, subsequently.
"This is the fourth legal challenge which the Council has received recently against planning decisions which it has made, and all four have been found in our favour. I take great satisfaction in knowing that decision-making on planning matters, however contentious they are, is robust, and properly balances the competing planning considerations in a sound and lawful way. Great credit for this must be given to the Planning Team headed by Philip Ridley, the Head of Planning and Coastal Management."
With full Planning Consent in place, East Suffolk Council will now begin the process of marketing the site to interested developers, bringing much needed housing to the area in a prime location.