Preston victorious in Tithebarn battle

dream: How Tithebarn will look in Preston when work is complete
dream: How Tithebarn will look in Preston when work is complete
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Preston’s £700m Tithebarn scheme has been given the go-ahead by a High Court judge.

Mr Justice Langstaff, sitting in Manchester on Tuesday, threw out an appeal from Blackburn Council over the city’s Tithebarn project.

During a 90-minute judgement speech, he said Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, had been right to allow the application, which includes a John Lewis department store, following a 22-day public inquiry last summer.

Blackburn Council immediately asked for permission to appeal two grounds of its four-pronged case, via QC Christopher Katkowski.

But Mr Justice Langstaff said: “I don’t see any reasonable prospect of success at an appeal. For that reason, permission is refused.”

Jonathan Moffett, on behalf of the Secretary of State, made an order for costs but said he did not know how much that would be.

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