Mark Conrad 24 October 2023

EXCLUSIVE: Home Office accused of misleading council over asylum plans

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The Home Office faces accusations in the High Court it misled a council over controversial plans for an asylum centre at a former military base.

Lawyers for West Lindsey DC have obtained Home Office correspondence showing that civil servants and ministers privately planned a multi-year asylum project at the former RAF Scampton base despite publicly using Class Q powers to circumvent local planning permission, which can only be used for up to a year.

West Lindsey alleges local government secretary Michael Gove approved a Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities environmental impact assessment at RAF Scampton based on an understanding that the asylum project would only last a year.

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