Dart Properties Limited have successfully retained their planning permission for land at Seabrook Orchards as Dukeminster’s appeal against this permission is dismissed. Dart properties were granted planning permission in October 2013 to develop up to 700 dwellings and other buildings within the area. The Claimant, Dukeminster Limited, sought to challenge the decision made by Exeter City Council to grant this permission to Dart properties. However, Dukeminster’s permission to appeal was refused on papers in February 2014, and again at a hearing on 10th March 2014.

The Claimant brought the appeal because they own 90% of a private Link Road within proximity of the Appeal site and their permission is required for any connections into or the use of the Link Road. They objected to Dart Properties’ application on the basis of the effect that development traffic would have on the highway network, particularly at the Link Road junction.

The Claimant divided the main grounds of argument into three areas:

i) The Highway Authority erred in law in making a finding that the development proposal was acceptable;

ii) The Planning Committee took into account the Traffic Assessment; but that Assessment contained material errors; and

iii) Condition 35 misled the Planning Committee into believing that the road Dart was required to construct to the site boundary north of the school would link up to a road that Persimmon was required to construct on its land as part of its planning permission, such that traffic would be able to pass from the Dart Site to the Persimmon development.

At the appeal hearing, Mr Justice Hickinbottom considered the grounds put forward by the Claimant, but concluded that the grounds focused on were not arguable. Thus the appeal was dismissed and Dart Properties, represented by Mr Ian Dove QC and Miss Nina Pindham were successful in retaining their planning permission.

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