Supreme Court victory!

6th Dec 2017

Our CPRE colleagues in Kent have won a momentous victory at the Supreme Court this week, upholding the Appeal Court’s quashing of planning permission for development in the Kent Downs AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty) near Dover.  Of course, AONB status signifies national recognition of some of our finest countryside so we should not ever have to fight such cases, but where we do, it is inspiring and fortifying to see sense prevail.

"Huge congratulations are due to the expert volunteers and staff of CPRE Kent who worked so hard to achieve this outcome, which I’m sure will encourage all of us across the country." Crispin Truman, CPRE CEO

"Sometimes we really can save the countryside!  A planning permission for over 600 houses, none of which would have been affordable and all of which were located in the Kent Downs AONB, was quashed at the Appeal Court, and today that decision has been confirmed by the Supreme Court.
This has been a 6-year step-by-step fight to stop entirely the wrong development in the wrong place. CPRE Kent continues to work with Dover groups to support the local plan and affordable and brownfield development."
Christine Drury, Chair of CPRE Kent

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