Date set for Wethersfield asylum centre judicial review appeal

The Home Office's emergency permitted development rights (Class Q) run out in April

We have received confirmation that our appeal against the decision of the High Court, where we challenged the Home Office’s decision to use the RAF Wethersfield site to house up to 1,700 asylum seekers, will take place on 11 and 12 June 2024. 

This will also be heard alongside other appeals brought by West Lindsey District Council for the RAF Scampton site and a resident from Wethersfield. 

We understand the Home Office still plan to extend the temporary use of the site for at least a further three years by seeking planning permission through a Special Development Order (SDO) when their emergency permitted development rights (known as Class Q) runs out in April. We understand this is progressing and we await to hear more. We were given the opportunity to provide our comments on this process where we raised various concerns over the lack of information provided and the failure to ensure meaningful engagement with stakeholders and the local community. 

With the site still in operation, we continue to maintain an open dialogue with the Home Office, whilst holding them to account and doing our best, working alongside partner agencies, to ensure that the needs of residents, both local people and those living at the site, are met. 

Residents can keep updated on the asylum accommodation via the Home Office’s monthly newsletter which is available on the GOV website: - this aims to address any concerns and questions raised locally. Their latest newsletter includes a site and health update. 

Published: 13th March 2024