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Bristol University wins housing target legal challenge

  • 9 March 2013
  • From the section Bristol

A High Court judge has said housing targets for North Somerset should be reviewed after a legal challenge from the University of Bristol.

A planning inspector is now set to hold a fresh inquiry after Judge Alice Robinson found the previous planning inspector's work had been flawed.

The university wants to sell land it owns around Long Ashton to developers.

The university had questioned how the council calculated its target of building 14,000 homes by 2026.

North Somerset Council has said only a quarter of its housing plans will need to be reviewed by the planning inspector.

As part of the review, some greenbelt land in North Somerset will also be reviewed to see if it can be added into the housing plan.

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