Cornwall stadium plan 'now reality' after High Court ruling
Cornwall's biggest housing development looks set to go ahead after the High Court threw out a legal challenge.
The development at Langarth, near Truro, will see 1,500 new homes, a new primary school and an extension to the city's park-and-ride site. Construction could now start in 2015.
Campaigners for a stadium for Cornwall said the High Court decision made a 10,000 seater sporting venue "a reality instead of a possibility".
Cornwall Council granted planning permission in July for the 1,500-home development including 525 affordable homes and a hotel. Truro City Council applied for a judicial review of that planning decision but that challenge has now been thrown out by the High Court.
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Rob Saltmarsh, managing director of Inox, the development company behind the scheme, said: "Inox appreciates that Truro City Council was exercising its democratic right in bringing this case, but we felt from the outset that there were no justifiable grounds for the claim.
"We understand that the city council could still ask for the case to be heard in open court, but sincerely hope that this ruling is an end to the matter.
"Our anticipated start date on site has obviously been put back by these delays, but we are now looking to commence construction during 2015 and we look forward to working up the reserved matters planning applications."
As part of the Langarth development land will be made available for construction of a stadium for Cornwall.
Nobody has yet come forward who is willing to fund the project but the campaign group pressing for a stadium said they were confident of getting a deal together. A spokesman for the Stadium for Cornwall group said: "Importantly for the Stadium for Cornwall Group, this decision now enables serious funding discussions to take place for the long-awaited Stadium project, making its construction a reality instead of a possibility."
Truro City Council previously also sought a judicial review of the planning consent given to the Truro Eastern District Centre, involving the creation of a Waitrose store, but that attempt was also unsuccessful.
Loic Rich, deputy mayor of Truro, said: "We want to see new developments that benefit our economy, that provide housing for local families.
"We opposed this development because it would mean that other, more favourable developments – that would actually house local people affordably and create jobs – could be thwarted.
"We believe that so far we have done the right thing by the people and businesses of Truro, with their long-term quality of life and prosperity at heart. To pursue this any further could now risk significant public money – money that might be better saved for better things."