Friday the 5th of February
Community groups of Warsash / Portchester won a major legal battle in the High Court in London concerning how our Council interprets The Habitats Directive which is enshrined into UK law.
The Habitats Directive ensures the conservation of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Wetlands of International Importance (RAMSAR sites) we have here in the Solent area.
Local Planning Authorities have a legal duty not only to stop any further deterioration of those sites but have a clear responsibility to ensure the sites are brought back to a favourable status. Presently FBC rejects that position and continue to prompt hodgepodge schemes that do nothing for conservation.
On the 16th of December, Fareham Borough Council issued a press release
“Judge dismisses claim for Judicial Review”. That statement was premature and should have never been released.
Today the community groups appealed that decision at the High Court in London and won on ALL accounts. Through hard work and being steadfast in their desire to ensure the issues surrounding Nitrate mitigation are applied in tune with the law the community groups have secured a full hearing in the High Court in London where all the facts will be examined
Two Judicial Reviews will now go forward to the next stage, a full hearing, and if upheld will potentially have huge consequences on how our greenfields are brought forward for development, Welborne as well.