Plans for Arla Food site to go ahead
Thu 30 July 2015, 4:17 pm
The redevelopment of the former Arla Foods site is to go ahead, after the courts dismissed a judicial review of Hillingdon Councilís decision to approve planning permission.
The judicial review was requested by Sainsbury’s, who argued that the council had been inconsistent with its planning decisions. The supermarket had earlier pulled out of plans to demolish its store in South Ruislip, after an Asda was included in the planning proposals for the nearby Arla Foods site.
The High Court handed down a judgement on 22 July that the council's decision-making process was sound and rejected both grounds for a judicial review put forward by Sainsbury's.
The scheme is set to bring homes, a Cineworld cinema and several restaurants to South Ruislip.
Councillor Ray Puddifoot, leader of Hillingdon Council, said: "The fact that the judge made no criticism of the council's handling of the application speaks highly of the skill and judgement of our planning department.
“Sainsbury's clumsy efforts to delay progress on this scheme were little more than a time-wasting exercise. At long last the way is now clear for work to begin on providing new homes, shops and leisure facilities for the borough's residents."