|No Judicial Review Of Warren Farm Decision|
But campaigners say fight isn't over yet
The High Court has rejected calls for a Judicial Review of the multi-million pound redevelopment of Warren Farm sports ground.
The application was refused by Mr Justice Lewis who rejected all claims made by Hanwell Community Forum.
The judge confirmed that the council acted appropriately in granting Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club (QPR FC) planning permission to redevelop the site and awarded QPR’s costs of £5,000 against Hanwell Community Forum.
Carolyn Brown, Chair of Hanwell Community Forum said they were disappointed by the ruling but now plan to request an oral hearing:
'' The battle is still very much on to save Warren Farm for the community, and the children and sports clubs that use the largest and best-drained playing fields in the Borough. Our supporters believe that it is wrong for Ealing Council to give this valuable space for 200 years, at no rent, to a commercial organisation to build an enormous development on London’s green belt for the benefit of its own profits and shareholders.''
Under the plans, QPR will build a new multi-million pound community sports complex alongside its elite training facility, which will provide a base for the club’s training academy as well as give local people access to high-quality community and sports facilities.
The community group now has a week in which to seek an oral hearing to ask that the judge’s decision is reconsidered.
20 March 2014