Judicial review into Queensway Gateway road

Gabriel Carlyle
Gabriel Carlyle

A judicial review of the decision by Hastings Borough Council’s planning committee to grant permission for the £15 million Queensway Gateway road will be heard in the High Court on June 25 and 26.

The legal challenge claims that the authority should not have granted planning permission for the project as the road would breach national and EU laws on air pollution.

In addition, it claims that the council ‘failed entirely to consider the increase of greenhouse gas emissions that will arise from the proposal and so is contrary to any efforts the UK may be taking to tackle climate change’.

The case will be conducted by lawyers from Richard Buxton, a specialist environmental and public law firm, on behalf of St Leonards resident Gabriel Carlyle.

SeaChange Sussex was given permission by Hastings Borough Council on February 4 to build the £15 million road linking Sedlescombe Road North with Queensway in St Leonards.

The plans include three roundabouts on a route that could take traffic from the busy A21 to the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road.

But almost 500 people wrote to the council voicing their angry objections to the scheme and Mr Carlyle, from the Combe Haven Defenders group, launched a High Court legal challenge last month following the borough council’s granting of permission.

Developers were ordered to stop work on the Queensway Gateway road after the High Court agreed the judicial review could go ahead.

Mr Carlyle said: “Hastings Borough Council granted permission for this road even though it was clear that it would breach national and EU directives on air pollution, as well as increase CO2 emissions. It would also completely destroy an important local wildlife site. This legal challenge aims to compel the council to reconsider this damaging waste of public money before it is too late.”

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