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The supreme court has held that Greenfields Recreation Ground in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, cannot be developed, despite the grant of planning permission (now quashed) by Shropshire Council. This is because the land is subject to a statutory trust, and the supreme court ruled that the council failed to follow the legal procedure for disposal of public open space.
The words of the judge, Lady Rose, should be heeded by all councils: she recommends that they take stock of how they acquired and now hold the pleasure grounds, public walks, and open spaces that they make available for the public to enjoy, to avoid making the same mistake.