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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