Legal battle over funds for new homes is lost by Leicester Hospital Trust


A legal battle by an NHS trust to obtain £1 million to lessen the impact of an additional housing development was unsuccessful.

The 2,750-home Lutterworth East development, according to the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, will put more strain on already overburdened health services.

After Harborough District Council's attempt to collect the money from the developer failed, the trust sued the planning authority.

On Monday, High Court judge Mr. Justice Holgate rejected the protest.

The site is being developed by Leicestershire County Council and includes two schools and warehousing as well.

According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS), the trust requested that the district council request £1 million from the county council to pay for additional medical services.

However, it didn't, and the case was brought before the High Court in an effort to compel the payment of the money.

According to Mr. Justice Holgate, the hospital trust would not be given the £1 million in county council developer funding because the district council had made a lawful decision.

He continued by saying that the trust had failed to prove that the new development would result in a "funding gap.".

Harborough District Council expressed its appreciation for the choice and expressed the hope that the trust would "now accept the result.".

A spokesperson for the council said, "The council is pleased that the court ordered the trust to pay for the council's defense costs and that the judge refused permission for the trust to appeal his decision.

We reached out to the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust for comment.

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