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High Court judge gives go-ahead for Cherkley Judicial Review

300px-Cherkley_CourtCountryside campaigners have won permission for a Judicial Review of Mole Valley District Council’s decision to allow the development of a golf and leisure complex at Cherkley Court near Leatherhead.

Members of the Cherkley Campaign and CPRE Surrey Branch were at the High Court on 24th April for a hearing to determine whether the case should go to trial. The judge agreed with the Cherkley Campaign’s lawyers that there is an arguable case against MVDC with regard to the decision on Cherkley, and gave permission for the case to be brought to trial as soon as possible. He also renewed a Court injunction instigated by the Cherkley Campaign which imposes restrictions on the construction work that can be carried out on-site pending the outcome of the Judicial Review.

CPRE Surrey Branch Director Andy Smith said: “We are pleased that the High Court has given permission for the Judicial Review to proceed. It gives us a chance to stop irreparable damage being done to this precious and extremely sensitive chalk downland landscape.”

The Cherkley estate, on the Leatherhead Downs, is an Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV). It is within the Metropolitan Green Belt and part of the estate is in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It was formerly owned by the media baron, Lord Beaverbrook.

Andy Smith added: “We will continue to oppose the development of this site as a golf and leisure complex, and hope for a satisfactory outcome to the Judicial Review, which is likely to be held within the next two months.”

For further information please contact Andy Smith at CPRE Surrey on 01372 362720 / 07737 271676, email cpre.surrey@btconnect.com

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