Dear Lensbury Members
Following the disappointing outcome of the Judicial Review of the HAM Hydro planning permission, the Lensbury applied to the Court of Appeals for a higher level Hearing on the matter. The Court of Appeals granted our application and a full Hearing was held last Thursday 4 August 2016.
We have heard this morning that the Court of Appeals has upheld our main Ground and has quashed the planning permission for HAM Hydro’s development on Teddington Weir. The Court’s Decision can be found below, for those that would like to read it.
The Court of Appeal upheld Lensbury’s concerns and acknowledged that the local planning authority failed to properly assess the scheme against relevant policies. In particular, the Court of Appeal agreed that the local planning authority failed to acknowledge that the scheme was “inappropriate development” under key policies and that there were no exceptional circumstances considered to justify the grant of planning permission. This assessment is a crucial part of the planning process to ensure only appropriate developments, in the most suitable locations, are approved.
The Lensbury remains supportive of renewable energy technologies, including an appropriate hydro-electric power development at Teddington Weir. However, it is crucial for such developments to be properly assessed, to ensure that everyone is clear on the impacts, benefits and suitability of the development proposals.
Our thanks to the Lensbury’s members for their substantial support in this matter and we will update you further as we receive further information.