Judicial Review of the council's sale of the Oval chalet site

The City Council had tried to stop the Oval Campaign's application for a Judicial Review of their sale of the site, asserting that we were out of time and that all our five Ground were too weak to be worth considering.
At a 2 hour hearing in June, the Hon. Mr Justice Supperstone heard both sides and decided that the Oval Campaign were not late, due to the council’s withholding of documents, and that all of our 5 Grounds were worth airing at a full hearing, which is now listed for hearing in December.

If you are interested in the arguments here is the official transcript of the June 8th hearing. There are two distinct parts. The first explains the delay and the second examines why the Grounds are valid.

More details of the campaign can be found on the Oval Chalet Campaign Facebook Page

The Oval Campaign

Please help us defend legal Open Spaces from being given over for development without proper public consultation. The Oval case is turning out to be of national importance in ensuring that the legal safeguards that exist for Open Spaces cannot be circumvented, and the Open Spaces Society has contributed to our fighting fund.

Oval Chalet - Grounds of Challenge

See below for the grounds submitted for the oral hearing on 8th June when our request for permission for the claim to be granted to proceed to the substantive hearing was heard

Oval Chalet Public Meeting - 16th March

Hopefully many of you were able to attend the Public Meeting earlier this week - links to more details in the poster below below in case you weren't - NB closing date for objections is Friday 18th March.

Oval Public Meeting

The Oval - Latest Press Release



Campaigners in Whitstable have formally begun legal proceedings against Canterbury City Council over their mis-selling of a prime piece of much-valued town centre, sea front land.

Update from the Oval Chalet Preservation Community

Please see the following request from the Oval Chalet Preservation Community (OCPC) concerning their urgent Petition to CCC about development of the 'Oval' former skating rink site at Reeves Beach.

The WS committee hope that many members will be strongly supportive of this cause and will be minded to sign and submit this petition as a matter of urgency.

A link to download the Petition document is at the end of the update.

Welcome to the Update Report of the Oval Chalet Preservation Community.


Planning Application - Residential Development 400 homes north of old Thanet Way

CCC Planning Dept have today published Devine Homes' outline planning application CA//15/01296 for their proposed housing development north of old Thanet Way (east of Duncan Down). The consultation period is until 17th July.

You may view details (some 96 documents) on the CCC website (Planning section):


Old Skating Rink Redevelopment - Public Consultation - 28th May to 30th May

See details below of a public consultation on the latest redevelopment proposals for the old Skating Rink - more recently used as a Tile Warehouse - click the image to see the full document

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Estuary View Planning Application - Whitstable Society Draft Response

The hybrid planning application CA//14/02339: Estuary View Business Park plots and land next to Chaucer Business Park – Developer George Wilson Developments and Kimberley Developments.

This so called ‘hybrid’ planning application is for various additional medical/care facilities at Estuary View, with access via the existing roundabout on the Old Thanet Way, and a new retail park on a separate site to the east (on the Long Reach side) using a new junction on the Old Thanet Way.



The Council has now submitted the draft Local Plan to the Planning Inspectorate to be examined by an independent Inspector. Copies of evidence base reports and representations have also been submitted to the Inspectorate.



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