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Court rejects latest abattoir challenge

Published: 22nd Jun 2012

Please note this is an archived Press Release

THE latest phase of a legal challenge over plans for an abattoir in an East Cleveland village has today been thrown out of court.

An application for permission for a judicial review into Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council's handling of the issue in Boosbeck was rejected by a High Court judge in April this year.

And a renewed application for permission was also turned down by His Honour Judge Jeremy Richardson QC at a hearing in Leeds today (June 22).

The abattoir had operated in the village for several decades, but closed five years ago.

So when BHM of Middlesbrough submitted plans for a halal slaughterhouse, no planning permission was needed as there would be no change of use of the site.

The Council granted a lawful development certificate for the proposed use of the site last October - and consistently maintained that it would defend its handling of the matter against the legal challenge.

Its position was vindicated in April when His Honour Judge Behrens rejected the judicial review application, saying that the argument put forward had been "convincingly answered".

Councillor Helen McLuckie, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation and Planning, said today: "We are pleased that, once again, the courts have confirmed that the way in which the Council has dealt with this matter has been absolutely correct."

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