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Wiltshire Conservatives lose £80,000 in legal fiasco

August 29, 2019 9:40 PM

A couple of years ago Wiltshire Council decided to register land in Wootton Bassett as a Town or Village Green (TVG). The owners of the land, Cooper Estates, claimed the council was wrong to do that because the site was within the town development limits, and the law says you can't register a TVG if the land is allocated for development.

The council's position seems to have been that there was a difference between allocating for development in a plan and granting an actual planning permission. This did though leave the council both supporting and prohibiting development on the same bit of land, and this irrationality was exposed when the matter was taken to court.

Coopers went to the High Court and won their case. WC then launched an appeal, which they lost. The Council was ordered to pay the landowner's costs of £80,500, and the land will not be registered as a TVG.