Developer challenges Loxwood neighbourhood plan


A DEVELOPER is seeking a judicial review to challenge the Loxwood neighbourhood plan in the High Court.

The developer, Crown Hall Estates, is challenging Chichester District Council’s decision to hold a referendum on the plan, after accepting the independent examiner’s recommendations and proposed modifications.

“We are incredibly disappointed with this action because we know how hard Loxwood has worked on this plan,” said Cllr Carol Purnell, cabinet member for housing and planning at Chichester District Council.

“We are taking legal advice on the grounds of this challenge and we will then decide on the appropriate action to take.

“We are unsure what impact this may have at the moment.

“The Electoral Commission advised us that we had no choice but to proceed with the referendum, despite this legal challenge to the process.

“We will update local residents on the situation as soon as we are in a position to do so.”