High Court Battle Win For Penistone Scheme

High Court Battle Win For Penistone Scheme

High Court Battle Win For Penistone Scheme

Aug 2008

The renewed application by Yorkshire Land Limited seeking the court's permission for leave for judicial review over the Penistone Town Centre Regeneration Scheme has been dismissed by a High Court Judge.

The judge at the High Court in London, Mr Justice Sullivan dismissed Yorkshire Land's application, describing the case to apply for a judicial review as both hopeless and absurd.

Steven Green of Yorkshire Land was not in court to hear the decision. His company was applying for a judicial review over the discharge of Condition 23 which refers to the  compensatory provision for the area of the recreation ground in Penistone being used as part of the £15 million town centre regeneration scheme.

As well as being refused a judicial review Yorkshire Land were also ordered by the judge to pay Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council's legal costs.

Commenting on the outcome of the case Amanda Holmes from Dransfield Properties said, ”We are delighted with the outcome of the hearing and that there are clearly no grounds for a judicial review. Mr Justice Sullivan made it clear that he thought the case was absurd.

"Our professional team will now meeting to reflect on the full judgment and we remain committed to delivering a successful scheme in Penistone.”

The original application for leave for judicial review was refused by Mr Justice Collins in May this year. Yorkshire Land then requested an oral hearing at the Administrative Court seeking the court's permission to appeal that earlier decision.

But it was at that oral hearing on Wednesday August 27th that Mr Justice Sullivan refused Yorkshire Land's application and said the case for judicial review was absurb and hopeless.

Giving his judgement he said: "I refuse permission to apply for judicial review, I am satisfied that the grounds are not arguable."

He said that Sport England who had been consulted on the compensatory measures being proposed by Dransfield Properties had been satisfied with what was being provided as compensatory provision with a new all weather bowling green as well as improved facilities for horse riders and improvements to links to the Trains Pennine Trail as well as improved parking for both the TPT and the recreation ground.

Pictured are Amanda Holmes and David Powell at the High Court in London for Dransfield Properties.

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