Planning U-Turn on “Unlawful” Decision.

A LEADING London Barrister “directed” the Thurrock Council Planning Committee to overturn their controversial decision to grant planning permission on two “Green Belt” applications.

The beleaguered committee spent an hour behind closed doors being counselled by John Hobson QC and surrounded by senior politicians and executives as Mr Hobson spelt out the severe legal implications should the committee not rescind the applications relating to Mardyke Farm in Aveley and Manor House Farm, Bulphan.

Once the meeting began, Mr Hobson stated that the decision to grant permission two applications did not provide “special circumstances” for building on green belt land, could be deemed illegal and recommended it be rescinded.

The committee, led by Chair, Stuart St-Clair-Haslam voted that the applications be re-considered at a future date.

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