Newton Abbot urban extension finally given the go-ahead

The High Court rules in favour of Newton Abbot urban extension.

At the end of last week (12 March 2021) the High Court ruled in favour of the Secretary of State's approval of plans for 1,210 new homes at Wolborough Barton in Newton Abbot.

The local Parish Council, Abbotskerswell PC, had challenged the planned development on the basis that the Secretary of State should have given more consideration to the impacts on rare bats and climate change. 

But the Secretary of State agreed that mitigation measures to protect the bats would be adequately secured by planning conditions.  Further, in relation to climate change, the Judge said that it was apparent that the Secretary of State had climate change issues in mind, including the sustainability of the site, transport, flood risks, air quality and low emissions.

The site has been allocated for development in Teignbridge District Council's development plan since 2014. The Judge said that the application for planning permission accorded with the development plan and that Abbotskerswell PC had not got over the high hurdle of demonstrating that the secretary of state exercised his judgment irrationally.


The 67 hectare site is owned by members of the Rew family.  It is to provide 1,210 new homes, with 20% of those homes being affordable.  In addition there will be two care homes, community facilities, retail units, open space and associated infrastructure.  The development will include 12,650 square metres of employment floor space.

Mark is Head of the Environment team and Michelmores' Planning Law team. If you need further information, or advice about a planning matter, please contact Mark