It’s game over for plans to build 170 homes on green space after a long battle finally came to an end.
Campaign group Mind the Green Gap, who fought against the plans to develop land between Didcot and East Hagbourne, can rest easy after a judge dismissed a developer’s attempts to seek judicial review on Tuesday.
Plans to build the homes were rejected in May 2016. Developers Grainger appealed the decision and lost in March this year.
Nonetheless Grainger decided to take their case to the High Court, but lost out at the hearing this week.
Speaking after Tuesday’s verdict, Andy Barmer, chairman of Mind the Green Gap, said: “This is a Halloween treat for residents and a trick for Grainger. It is the second time the High Court has thrown out their case.
“Perhaps now they will realise that their argument has no merit. Grainger’s corporate reputation is suffering.”
He said: “I am really relieved and pleased. Now we can finally move on.”
He added that Grainger did not seek leave to take the case to the Court of Appeal, but technically have seven days to still do so.
A spokesperson from Grainger said: “There is a significant need for more housing in the East Hagbourne and Didcot area and this is an ideal location to create new homes for those that can’t get on the housing ladder locally.
“We note the court’s decision and will consider our options in due course.”
Just last month, members of the campaign group were ‘horrified’ after spotting a 6ft fence had been put up by the developer around the planned site.
Mr Barmer added after Tuesday’s ruling: “It is surely time for them to take down their fence and go quietly.”
Speaking last month, he said the fence was a ‘dreadful eyesore’ blocking views to valued landscape.
At the time, Grainger said it had been advised by South Oxfordshire District Council to put the fence up following complaints of noise and trespass.
Grainger has not commented on what it intends to do about the fence and SODC says it is not in its jurisdiction to take it down as the panels do not exceed two metres tall and therefore do not need planning permission.