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Barton Farm challenge result wait
9:10am Monday 1st November 2010 in News
IT will be at least another fortnight before the result of the Barton Farm High Court challenge is known, developers revealed.
However, one thing that has been decided is where to hold the upcoming public inquiry that will decide the greenfield site’s future.
Winchester Guildhall will be the setting for the eight-day hearing, which is due to start on February 8 next year.
Cala Homes, which wants to build 2,000 properties at Barton Farm, is hoping to strengthen its case ahead of the inquiry.
It went to the High Court last month to challenge the Coalition Government’s decision to scrap regional planning targets.
The firm argued that they must remain until Westmin-ster approves another policy to take their place.
The targets called for 12,000 homes in the Winchester district by 2026, which put Barton Farm under renewed pressure.
Campaigners hoping to protect the farmland north of Winchester hope that the Government’s decision to shelve the targets will help their cause.
Around 20 of them protested outside the High Court.