Legal challenge to the planning permission - update
Six months ago we wrote to inform you of the threat of legal challenge to Grainger’s planning permission for the regeneration of Seven Sisters by members of the ‘Wards Corner Coalition’ and we are writing to update you on the current situation.
Following our update in August 2012, two individuals who object to the scheme formally sought leave to challenge in the courts the Council’s decision to grant planning permission.
This is called judicial review and the first stage in the process involves those seeking the review having to prove to a judge that they have a strong enough case to trouble the courts.
On the 15th January 2013, an Order of David Elvin QC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) stated he did not consider the decision by Haringey Council to be unlawful, ‘especially since the Council
meeting at which the decision was made plainly continued until a late hour’. The judge therefore concluded that the objectors had failed to make a case that Haringey Council had acted
unlawfully and endorsed the decision of Haringey Council to grant planning permission for the regeneration of Seven Sisters.
The judicial review process allows objectors to appeal the judge’s carefully considered legal judgement, by simply stating in a form that they think the judge was wrong.
The objectors have submitted this form and the High Court has recently provided all parties a court hearing on 24th April. We very much hope the conclusion of this hearing will agree with the findings of
David Elvin QC and we shall let you know the outcome when we hear.
Unfortunately, even if the High Court does again confirm that Haringey Council lawfully granted planning consent for the regeneration of Seven Sisters, the objectors may again challenge this decision
by applying to the Court of Appeal. If they choose to do so, this process could take a further 12 months before a final decision is made.
As well as for ourselves. we believe this process is extremely frustrating for many businesses and residents of Seven Sisters and Tottenham, especially given the unprecedented
support the planning application received last year, and the substantial economic benefits of the proposals:
- Deliver £65million of investment into Tottenham and Seven Sisters
- Generate £11million of new spend in local shops every year and support over 600 new jobs over the next 5 years
- Bring high street names back to Seven Sisters as well as provide new shops for independent businesses
- Provide a new, purpose built, long term home for Seven Sisters Market
- Create a safe and active public area and a new focal point for the community
Grainger remains committed to the project and is extremely keen for this process to be completed as quickly as possible so we can get on and deliver the investment Seven Sisters needs.
For further background information please visit the project website www.sevensistersregeneration.co.uk
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, otherwise we will be in touch again towards the end of April.