Gaywood road legal fight possible

Peaceful protest outside Lynnsport against the proposed housing plans for Marsh Lane. ANL-151201-091704009
Peaceful protest outside Lynnsport against the proposed housing plans for Marsh Lane. ANL-151201-091704009
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North West Norfolk Labour Party have agreed to formally speak to lawyers with a view to seeking a judicial review of the planning decisions taken to build a new link road in the Gaywood area.

The extraordinary meeting of the party’s executive committee was called at the request of Labour’s Parliamentary candidate Jo Rust.

The grounds for challenging the decision on the road running from Edward Benefer Way to Lynnsport , included that Mick Peake, the vice-chairman of the borough council’s planning committee did not attend a site visit at Front Way, but did vote on the application.

West Norfolk Council, who lodged the application, have already dismissed the objection.

But campaigners against the road argue that in doing so he breached the borough council’s own code of practice.

The executive committee were also told of a possible breach of planning law in that the borough as applicant had claimed to own land which it may not, nor have the written permission of the owner to use at the time of the application.

John Collop, the Labour leader on West Norfolk Council, said: “If Labour has any part in the new Administration at the borough council after May 7 the application for the proposed new road will be withdrawn and reviewed.”