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Judge vetoes new Hillsborough headquarters plans for cat charity

By Alan Erwin

A High Court judge has quashed the decision to give the go-ahead for a cat charity's proposed new Northern Ireland headquarters.

Mr Justice O'Hara ruled that planning chiefs failed to properly apply relevant policy statements in approving the development near Hillsborough, Co Down.

The verdict came in a legal challenge mounted by a resident who lives adjacent to the proposed Carnbane Road site.

Planning permission was originally granted in 2001 for a veterinary centre to be built on the land.

A decade later the CPL submitted its application for a scheme several times bigger in scale, including conference rooms, 15 toilets and a cafe.

Administration and education facilities, along with rooms for treating and housing cats, also featured in the plans.

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