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Instructed by Persimmon Homes Ltd in the Court of Appeal in R(Lewis) v Redcar BC [2007] EWHC 3166 (Admin)

DATE: 01 Jan 2007

This is a forthcoming appeal from the judgment of Jackson J, who found that a decision to approve a large planning application (300 houses) was flawed because of "apparent predetermination".

Apart from the commercial importance of the scheme to Persimmon, case raises a basic and important legal issue about the approach to predetermination in cases where councillors might be expected to have strong political views.