West London tenants win right to defend homes
Tenants fighting to save their homes from demolition have won the right to challenge regeneration plans in the High Court.
The West Kensington and Gibbs Green tenants’ and residents’ associations are fighting plans by Hammersmith & Fulham Council to knock down their estates as part of the Earls Court regeneration scheme.
In June they filed an application for a judicial review with the High Court to challenge decisions made by Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea councils. The TRAs argue the councils broke the law by incorrectly designating a planning document as a supplementary planning document, rather than as a development plan document which would have required government approval.
High Court Judge Sycamore yesterday granted permission for a judicial review. He said: ‘The question as to what constitutes a development plan document and the lawfulness of the defendants’ master plan for the area is clearly arguable and should be considered at a substantive hearing.’
Hammersmith & Fulham Council granted Capital and Counties planning permission last month for their £8 billion regeneration plan for the Earls Court area, which will see 7,583 new homes built.