We did it - the “little” man beat the “bullying developer”.
Gladman lost its case to have an Injunction prohibiting the residents of Winslow exercising their democratic right to vote on their Neighbourhood Plan.
And - for good measure - Mr Justice Stewart made a “costs award” against Gladman - so they will have to meet the legal costs of A.V.D.C. in defending this legal action!!
The vote will go ahead - as planned - on Thursday, 24 July - and we are looking forward to a huge turnout with a massive vote in favour of the Winslow Neighbourhood Plan. So please, get out there and finish the job; show Gladman that people-power really does work - WE will decide Winslow’s future - NOT them!! Please tell all of your friends and neighbours - be bold and WEAR PINK ON THURSDAY to remind all of our residents.
This legal decision - to stop developers injuncting votes against well-progressed Neighbourhood Plans will have a massive benefit for other councils around the country - including our friends in Stretton!!
National Support for Campaign
NATIONAL SUPPORT FOR YES4WINSLOW FROM GROUP ALSO FIGHTING GLADMAN
An action group from 90 miles away has offered its support to the Yes4Winslow campaign after its fight against developers made national headlines. Click HERE to read the full article in the Buckingham & Winslow Advertiser.
Injunction Threatens Neighbourhood Plan
GLADMAN DEVELOPMENTS DETERMINED TO STOP WINSLOW’S REFERENDUM
On Monday, Winslow Town Council received documents from a firm of solicitors working on behalf of Gladman Developments Ltd advising that on 22nd July there will be a hearing in the High Court in Manchester regarding Gladman seeking an Injunction to prevent the Winslow Neighbourhood Plan Referendum vote from proceeding on 24th July.
The legal challenge is addressed to Aylesbury Vale District Council as the authority responsible for progressing the Referendum and states as grounds, criticisms that the Examiner did not conduct the Examination Hearing fairly, that he failed to have due regard to various areas of planning regulations and that AVDC were at fault to accept the recommendation of the Examiner that the Winslow Neighbourhood Plan, with minor modifications, should proceed to Referendum.
AVDC will need to study the many hundreds of pages of documents pertaining to this matter but have confirmed that they will ‘fight’ this Injunction. In the meantime, Winslow residents have to assume that the Referendum will proceed. This is particularly important for those residents with postal votes. For those with postal votes, your ballot papers and reply envelopes will arrive very shortly, PLEASE PUT YOUR CROSS IN THE YES BOX and send the form back ASAP.
Gladman Developments Challenge Plan!
GLADMAN LAUNCH LEGAL CHALLENGE TO THE PLAN
Just as we launched this website on Thursday afternoon (19th June) we received news that Gladman Developments have launched a legal challenge to try to prevent the Community Referendum taking place on 24th July.
Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC), who gave the go-ahead for the referendum, have been served with a 23 page ‘pre-action protocol letter’ on behalf of Gladman. The letter calls for AVDC to quash their decision to approve the Winslow Neighbourhood Plan (WNP) or face a High Court challenge. Among the developer’s claims are the examiner ignored written submissions and limited oral submissions during the plan’s hearing and the hearing was not long enough ‘for any sensible consideration of the important and significant matters to be addressed.’ They also claim the hearing was not ‘full and fair.’
Chairman of the YES4Winslow campaign group, Llew Monger said: “This is not unexpected. It’s a cynical attempt to prevent the residents of Winslow having the opportunity to have their say on the Winslow Neighbourhood Plan. I don’t believe they can stop the Referendum but we will have to see how AVDC respond. The same thing happened at Tattenhall, in Cheshire, but the Referendum went ahead and achieved a 96% Yes vote. This action by Gladman makes us all the more determined to secure the same kind of result here in Winslow’’
The fight is on and we need YOUR support! Go to Help Wanted! to find out what you can do for Winslow.