U+I Challenge Fails!

U+I Challenge Fails!

The High Court challenge by U+I and the London Fire Brigade against the Secretary of State’s decision to REFUSE planning permission at 8 Albert Embankment has FAILED.

The Honourable Mrs Justice Lieven at the High Court refused the challenge, and awarded costs against U+I/ London Fire Brigade.

ORDER by the Honourable Mrs Justice Lieven  

  1. The application for permission to apply for Planning Statutory Review is refused. 
  2. The Claimant should pay the SoS’s Mount Cook costs, summarily assessed in the sum of £8945. 

In her order (attached), with reference to the decision regarding the impacts on heritage assets (ie London Fire Brigade HQ, Lambeth Palace, Houses of Parliament etc), she said: 

This ground of challenge exemplifies the worst of turning a planning decision into a legal obstacle course.’

U+I and the London Fire Brigade had 7 days (from 27th October) to decide whether to continue to pursue legal action.  That time has passed and the silence has been deafening!

The government legal team did not receive papers (from U+I and London Fire Brigade) to continue legal proceedings instead U+I & LFB contacted to pay costs to the government for their wasted resources.

This is the end of this planning application and it’s skyscrapers, but of course what follows next must be better.  Everyone’s ideas and views on this are very welcome.

CO26732021 Approved Order (002) (1)

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