Court of Appeal dismisses £27.5m claim against David Wilson Homes

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a long-running case brought against housebuilder David Wilson Homes (DWH).

Developer Phillip Jeans, through his company Harbour Castle Ltd (HCL), has been suing DWH for as much as £27.5m, claiming that the builder breached an agreement to “use all reasonable endeavours” to obtain planning permission on land owned by HCL at Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire.

HCL gave DWH an option to buy the land for £27.5m upon obtaining permission, and planned to sell it to another buyer if DWH didn’t exercise the option.

After planning permission didn’t materialise, HCL sued DWH

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