Statement regarding Wellingborough Walks High Court judgement

Your council

21 May 2024

We accept the findings of the court and the judgement which has been laid out today. We acknowledge that mistakes have been made.

This case was a particularly complex mix of planning matters and points of legal clarification. Now we have received the judgement, we will review it in detail and see how we can further strengthen our internal processes to make our decision making more robust going forward. We are determined to learn from this.

We recognise the strength of feeling this issue has generated in the community. Councils often carry out a difficult and complex role in their local communities. Like many councils, we need to recognise the need for new housing developments and growing the local economy while at the same time, safeguarding local communities and protecting the environment. That can often be a difficult balancing act.

While we don’t always get things right, we want to reassure our local communities that we have always acted with their interest at heart and will continue to do so.
Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council