Parties pay out £900 for Castle Mill transcript

The Oxford Times: Campaigner Helen Marshall Campaigner Helen Marshall

CAMPAIGNERS and council officials have agreed to spend hundreds of pounds to discover what was said at a High Court hearing they both attended.

Oxford City Council has been unable to agree with the Save Port Meadow campaign on what High Court judge Clive Lewis said when he threw out a judicial review bid over the controversial Castle Mill buildings in October.

As a result they have decided to split the costs of buying the court transcript – around £900 – three ways with Oxford University so they can decide what Mr Justice Lewis actually ruled.

Helen Marshall, director of the Oxfordshire branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England which has paid the campaign’s part of the costs, said: “This is about what is on the table and what the city council and the university are prepared to consider as part of the environmental impact assessment.”

Campaigners are locked in talks with the city council over an independent review into the planning process behind Oxford University’s Castle Mill student accommodation blocks. They claim the buildings are too high and block off views from the historic Port Meadow.

In October Mr Justice Lewis threw out the campaigners’ judicial review bid on the basis it would be “unnecessary” because the council and university have already volunteered to complete an environmental assessment.

City council spokesman Louisa Dean said: “We confirmed that we would pay our share of the transcript, £245.28, on November 15. This was requested by the west area planning committee.”

She did not comment further on the issue.

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7:59am Mon 30 Dec 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

Wouldn't that be breach of copyright laws?
Wouldn't that be breach of copyright laws? Andrew:Oxford

12:14pm Mon 30 Dec 13

King Joke says...

Surely information which should be publicly available to all is out of copyright?
Surely information which should be publicly available to all is out of copyright? King Joke

1:33pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

King Joke wrote:
Surely information which should be publicly available to all is out of copyright?
You may think so. But the Crown retains copyright.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: Surely information which should be publicly available to all is out of copyright?[/p][/quote]You may think so. But the Crown retains copyright. Andrew:Oxford

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