High Wycombe residents lose High Court planning battle
Campaigning Buckinghamshire residents have lost a High Court battle to give them influence in important planning developments in their district.
Daws Hill Neighbourhood Forum challenged Wycombe District Council's decision to restrict its influence over two development sites in High Wycombe.
But Mr Justice Suppestone dismissed the bid, saying the council acted lawfully.
The case marks the first legal test on the government's Localism Act 2011, which is meant to empower local groups.
The case was brought to the High Court because the council had excluded from the forum's "neighbourhood area" two of the most important sites due for development in the district, including a former RAF base earmarked for hundreds of new homes.
But earlier the judge said the council had "a broad discretion" to decide what size neighbourhood area was appropriate for Daws Hill, and it "properly had regard" to specific local circumstances.
Daws Hill Neighbourhood Forum represents people in a community on the southern edge of High Wycombe.