Sunday, 30 April 2017

Earls Court judge asked to reconsider decision

A tenant trying to save two estates from demolition has asked the High Court to reconsider its decision to throw out his legal challenge.

Judge Justice John Mitting last week refused permission for a judicial review of Hammersmith & Fulham’s decision to sign an exclusivity deal with developer Capital & Counties. The deal was signed as part of plans to demolish the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates under the £8 billion Earls Court regeneration scheme.

Tenant Harold Greatwood claimed the deal broke the law as there was not a fair and proper consultation and that an equalities impact assessment was inadequate. But Justice Mitting rejected Mr Greatwood’s claims and the land sale agreement was signed last Wednesday.

Mr Greatwood, backed by tenants’ and residents’ associations on the estates, on Monday wrote to the court to ask it to reconsider the decision at an oral hearing.

Jonathan Rosenberg, an activist backing Mr Greatwood, said: ‘The more the council and developer prosecute [pursue] their scheme, the more they harden residents’ resolve to defend their community and save their neighbourhood.’

A decision is expected from the court within eight weeks.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council says the land sale agreement will lead to £1 billion of community benefits. The authority will now apply to the government for permission to transfer the land to Capital & Counties.

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