Residents take council to court over housing

Map showing proposed housing development north of Brook Street, Aston Clinton

Map showing proposed housing development north of Brook Street, Aston Clinton

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A decision to grant planning permission for a housing development is to be challenged in the High Court.

Campaign group Preserve Aston Clinton Village Environment (PACVE) has won the right to take Aylesbury Vale District Council’s approval of 91 homes in Brook Street to judicial review.

Over the weekend the group managed to raise £12,000 towards legal costs – but still needs to raise a further £13,000 in order to fund its lawyers.

It served papers on the council on Monday.

Phil Yerby, from PACVE, believes it could be the first time residents have taken a council to court.

He said: “It is such a shame residents have to do this but the council has stopped defending residents because they are scared of developers.

“We genuinely believe there is a case to answer. AVDC has allowed development in Aston Clinton without thinking about the cumulative impact on the village and the surrounding area.”

The case at the High Court might not happen until next year, but no building work can go ahead until the case is resolved.

A spokesman for AVDC said: “We can confirm that we have received the claim and are reviewing this. It will need to follow the due legal process.”