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Court of Appeal rejects attempt to block new Hereford rugby club and housing

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Legal

Court of Appeal rejects attempt to block new Hereford rugby club and housing Court of Appeal rejects attempt to block new Hereford rugby club and housing

The Court of Appeal has rejected a parish council's attempt to block the development of a new rugby ground and 190 homes in Hereford.

Hampton Bishop Parish Council had appealed against the decision, claiming the development would completely transform the area.

However, three judges upheld Herefordshire Council's decision to grant outline planning permission to Hereford Rugby Football Club to develop the site, a collection of apple orchards that supply fruit to local cider maker Bulmers.

The sports club wants to relocate from its current location on the banks of the River Wye in the city centre.

The parish council had claimed that the club was "buying planning permission" by allowing its current ground to be transferred to Herefordshire Council for £1.

As well as a rugby ground, the development will entail 190 homes, rugby facilities, a 400-seat spectator stand and a car park.

Rejecting the parish council's appeal, Lord Justice Roberts said: "The members put this at the forefront of their reasons. I have no difficulty in conclusion that they decided on account of it that the development was not in accordance with the development plan but they considered that the departure from the development plan was justified by other material considerations."

The parish council was also ordered to pay Herefordshire Council’s legal costs of £25,000.

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