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Nathalie acted for the Government in a challenge to the Secretary of State’s refusal to “call-in” the decision on planning permission for the Paddington Cube, a 25 storey development next to Paddington Station.

Lang J rejected an argument that SAVE, a heritage NGO, had a legitimate expectation that reasons would be given for the decision. The legitimate expectation was said to be based on a Government White Paper and statement to Parliament made by Lord Falconer in 2001 that reasons would be given. The Judge found that the practice of giving reasons had been changed in 2014, and although the change was not formally announced no legitimate expectation could continue to run. 

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