Defra is to be challenged in the High Court over the Defra Secretary of State, Michael Gove’s decision to announce a ban on use of metaldehyde slug pellet products on outdoor crops last December.
Chiltern Farm Chemicals has been granted permission to bring a judicial review of the decision before the High Court.
Sales of metaldehyde-containing products are due to cease by the end of this month, with a use-up period to the end of June 2020.
Chiltern’s director, Philip Tavener, explains that the High Court has reviewed the case and observed that three grounds put forward by Chiltern had a realistic prospect of success/were arguable. The Court ruled that the High Court hearing should take place ‘as soon as possible after 5 July 2019’.
Mr Tavener said: “We hope that this legal challenge will have a positive result for the industry.
“We are seeking to quash the re-registration decision, which will mean it has to be reconsidered afresh."