Former school plans to go to Court of Appeal

Bucks Free Press: The former Holy Cross Convent in Chalfont St Peter The former Holy Cross Convent in Chalfont St Peter

COUNCILLORS are to be given a second chance to appeal against plans for the redevelopment of the Holy Cross Convent.

Chalfont St Peter Parish Council had earlier had its challenge to the proposals rejected by the High Court.

But last week Lord Justice Sullivan overturned that decision, allowing the parish council to take their case to the Court of Appeal.

The parish council had claimed Chiltern District Council had not followed its own planning guidelines when it gave approval to the principle of redevelopment of the former school in 2010.

The appeal will centre on confusion over the number of pitches that existed on playing field land the parish council says will be lost, as well as its claim that the site could and should still be used as a school.

Lord Justice Sullivan said in the council’s reasons for approving the plans there was no clear statement as to whether it took the view there had only been one pitch at the school, or two.

Developer Persimmon Homes agreed to provide a replacement pitch, but if there had been two then planning policy protecting community sports facilities may not be satisfied.

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