The Court of Appeal today dismissed an appeal by Hampton Bishop Parish Council against the decision of the High Court (Hickinbottom J; [2013] EWHC 3947 (Admin)), which upheld the decision of Herefordshire Council to grant planning permission to Hereford Rugby Club to develop new rugby grounds in open countryside outside of the city. The development includes 190 houses in order to subsidize the construction of the new rugby grounds. The decision also provided, by way of a section 106 agreement, that the Club’s former grounds are to be transferred to the Council for £1.

Richard Kimblin and Nina Pindham appeared on behalf of the Respondent, Herefordshire Council.

Ian Dove QC and Jack Smyth appeared on behalf of the Interested Parties, Hereford Rugby Club and Bloor Homes Limited (who is carrying out the development).