Back in March the High Court decided against Zurich Assurance Ltd in its challenge to Winchester City Council’s Local Plan, and now Zurich has had its appeal rejected by the Court of Appeal. This means that Zurich has no hope of planning approval for the proposed 12,500 homes at Micheldever Station in the next 20 years. Lord Justice Sullivan said that the original High Court judgement ‘is both comprehensive and thoroughly convincing’, denying Zurich permission to appeal.
This is a significant victory for the campaign against Micheldever New Town. Speaking to the Hampshire Chronicle, Douglas Paterson, Chairman of the Dever Society, said “We are hugely relieved; it has been such a long struggle. Zurich have been looking for a chink in the armour of the plan, but the city council planners have done such a professional job that Zurich’s lawyers were not able to dislodge it. They have now been told by top lawyers and an Appeal judge that they are wasting their time. You can never assume they have gone away for good but this is really good news. We will be opening the champagne”.
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