Developers win bus station court battle

Campaigners battling to retain a bus station in the heart of Cromer lost a key battle yesterday after a High Court ruling.Developers Ortona, who want to build a shop and 12 flats on the disused bus station, triumphed in their legal challenge to a government inspector's refusal of planning permission for the scheme.

CAMPAIGNERS battling to retain a bus station in the heart of Cromer lost a key battle last week after a High Court ruling.

Developers Ortona, who want to build a shop and 12 flats on the disused bus station, triumphed in their legal challenge to a government inspector's refusal of planning permission for the scheme.

The judge ruled the inspector had "failed to grapple" with the key

claim raised by Ortona, that there was no likelihood the site at the corner of Prince of Wales Road and Cadogan Road would ever be re-used as a bus station.

The judge quashed inspector Mike Moore's decision and ordered the country's planning supremo, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Hazel

Blears, to have Ortona's appeal reheard.