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Lakenheath Parish Council decide against appealing High Court decision over school

A key member of Lakenheath Parish Council will leave the authority after their legal action against Suffolk County Council fell short.

Members had battled County Hall’s decision to award themselves planning permission for a primary and pre-school in Station Road, under a flightpath to nearby RAF Lakenheath.

Judge John Howell QC recently backed the county council’s plan to facilitate a 660-home development in the village, despite the parish council’s claim that noise would be disruptive for lessons.

An artist's impresion of the new primary school for Lakenheath (8605853)
An artist's impresion of the new primary school for Lakenheath (8605853)

Hermione Brown, currently chairman of the planning sub-committee, expressed her ‘disappointment’ the High Court had quashed the judicial review.

In an extraordinary meeting on April 10, she declared ‘enough was enough’ in terms of legal action and also her intention to step down before May’s election.

Councillor Brown, who was first elected in 2012, said: “(It was a) disappointing outcome for both Lakenheath Parish Council as the claimant and their legal team.”

The parish council had taken legal action after residents supported the idea in a 2015 referendum. The judicial review is set to have cost them around £15,000.

Following the High Court’s decision last week, the parish council’s legal representation discussed appealing the ruling. But further action has been decided against.

“In the meeting it was decided that enough was enough and the drain on legal expenses should stop,” continued councillor Brown.

“It is therefore my duty to confirm to the community that the Parish Council is no longer pursuing an appeal.”

“I have not put myself forward for the next election. I wish the new council every success in their management of our village in the future.

“I will take the opportunity of thanking residents for the support I have received over the


She added that her decision was to step down for family reasons that left her with not enough time to commit to the job.

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