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Flood risk 'delays prison plan'

RAF Coltishall in Norfolk was built in 1939
RAF Coltishall was a fighter base in World War II

A plan for a prison on the site of a former RAF base is facing delays after a legal challenge revealed vital information had not been included.

The Ministry of Justice omitted a flood risk assessment when it lodged the application with North Norfolk Council for the RAF Coltishall site.

The council, which approved the plans, also failed to notice until a legal challenge to the decision uncovered it.

Legal action was brought by a supporter of plans for an eco-town for the site.

Assessment 'missing'

Richard Davies, who is promoting a proposed eco-town development on part of the site, sent what is known as a "pre-action protocol letter" to the council, saying he intended to seek judicial review of the permission.

A council spokesman said a decision was taken "to notify Mr Davies' solicitors that the Council would agree to the quashing of the planning permission by the High Court in London, but only on the grounds of the missing flood risk assessment".

The spokesman added: "At this stage, planning permission is still in effect on the site - only a High Court order can quash it, and no order has yet been made.

"The effect of such an order would be that the council would have to reconsider the application."

He added: "Work could, in theory, continue on the site until the order is made."

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: "Ministry of Justice officials are meeting with North Norfolk District Council to discuss planning permission on the Coltishall site."



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