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High Court challenge to Crystal Palace Park redevelopment fails

A High Court judge has dismissed a legal challenge to plans to redevelop Crystal Palace Park in south east London which involve proposals for new housing on an area of Metropolitan Open Land.

Bromley Council had backed the schemes which formed part of a master plan designed to help rejuvenate the park which had the full support of the Mayor of London, English Heritage, Natural England and the Garden History Society.

Two years ago Communities Secretary Eric Pickles granted outline planning permission for the first stage of the master plan aimed at ending the deterioration of the historic park.

The £68m scheme was opposed by the Crystal Palace Community Association (CPCA), which voiced concern that the decision set a precedent threatening all public parks and open spaces throughout the UK.

CPCA members Anthony Elliott and John Payne asked the court to quash the planning permission issued by the minister in December 2010.

Their lawyers argued the decision was legally flawed on a number of grounds, including that the new homes would harm "bat commuting routes" across the park.

But Mr. Justice Keith said all grounds of challenge, including those related to housing, failed and the outline permission granted was valid.

 

Roger Milne

14 June 2012