Developers plan appeal against Cherkley judicial review


Developers plan appeal against Cherkley judicial review
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

The developers of a proposed new course and hotel complex at Cherkley Court in Surrey have been joined by the local council in an appeal against the High Court’s decision to quash planning consent.

Longshot, a company controlled by chairman of the Royal Parks Foundation Joel Cadbury, had originally received approval from Mole Valley District Council for plans on the site of the former home of Lord Beaverbrook on an ecologically sensitive green belt location near Leatherhead, UK.

Environmental campaigners and residents took legal action to contest the decision however, leading to the High Court ruling on 22 August.

As part of the appeal process, Longshot has sought the advice of planning QC Christopher Katkowski and planning law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner.

In a statement, Tim Hellier, head of planning at Berwin Leighton Paisner, commented: “We feel entirely let down by the judicial system. Our legal team, including the country’s leading planning QC, remain of the view that the decision of Mole Valley District Council to grant planning permission is robust, lawful and correct.”

“Our overall plan remains unchanged, we are determined to fulfil the commitments made in our original planning application, which included on-going public access, 190 new jobs and the building of a world class facility,” said Joel Cadbury of Longshot. “I believe that we have demonstrated, with the works carried out to date, that our commitment to quality and our promises on the environment will be fulfilled. The majority of Mole Valley residents support us and we will deliver a product that Mole Valley can be proud of.”