- High Court rules on ‘major development’ and ‘optimum viable use’ within a national park (R v South Downs National Park Authority)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the legal and policy background?
- What was the factual background?
- What did the court find?
- Ground 1
- Ground 2
- Case details
Planning analysis: In R v South Downs National Park Authority, the High Court held that the South Downs National Park Authority (the LPA) had correctly exercised its planning judgment in granting planning permission and listed building consent for the conversion of a Grade II Listed residence in a National Park to a hotel. The conclusion in the officer’s report on ‘major development’ was not flawed and the officer’s report was suitably detailed and thorough and should not be subject to overly legalistic challenges.
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