Merlin granted Supreme Court approval for Legoland lodges

Merlin granted supreme court approval legoland lodges
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Merlin Entertainments is to forge ahead with building 450 new holiday lodges adjacent to its Legoland Windsor Resort, after the Supreme Court rejected a bid by the Campaign to Protect Rural England to overturn planning permission.

 

The plans, first announced in June 2017, were approved by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in 2019, however campaigners lodged an appeal in the High Court and the Court of Appeal before the most recent ruling.

“We welcome the decision issued this week,” said a Merlin spokesperson. “This is not before time. It has been hugely frustrating that our approved plans to boost Windsor’s economy have been held up by a third party.”

“In 2018, democratically elected councillors gave their overwhelming support to our vision to transform Legoland Windsor over the ensuing decade. The Secretary of State also gave these plans the green light in 2019.”

Stating “it can’t be right” that planning decisions can be delayed by campaigners, the leisure group said: “If the government is serious about making the UK a more attractive place to invest, it needs to make sure that our planning system is fit-for-purpose.”

Merlin added it will now contact the new secretary of state for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, calling for reforms to current planning appeal procedures.


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