Legal bid to stop Legoland holiday village next to protected site fails

A request for a judicial review over the proposed development of a holiday village on land home to the largest number of veteran oaks trees in Europe has been dismissed at the High Court, despite the council failing to carry out an appropriate assessment, in breach of the Habitats Directive.

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) had argued that the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead should not have granted planning permission for the holiday park in April.

The development site for the holiday village extends beyond the existing Legoland resort which is situated within the green belt and is surrounded by sites of Special Scientific Interest ("SSSI") and Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), which have the largest number of veteran oaks in Britain and “probably in Europe”, according to the legal judgement. 

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