Gateway road judicial review refused

Gabriel Carlyle
Gabriel Carlyle

An application for permission to apply for judicial review of Hastings Borough Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the ‘Queensway Gateway’ road has been refused by the Planning Court.

The Honourable Mr Justice Gilbart gave a number of reasons for refusal of permission.

However solicitors acting for applicant Gabriel Carlyle have now filed a Notice of Renewal of their claim for permission to apply for judicial review.

Cllr Peter Chowney, leader of Hastings Borough Council, said: “I am pleased that the judge has at this stage upheld the council’s decision to grant planning permission.

“However, I am disappointed that, because the application for permission to seek a judicial review has been renewed, the matter is still not closed and will now have to go to an oral hearing before a High Court judge.

“We will continue to fight our case.”

A spokesperson for Sea Change said: “We’re pleased to hear the courts have rejected the protestor’s legal challenge, as we expected.

“The judge is clear in saying the protestor’s application was ‘an argument on merits dressed up as a challenge on legal principle’ – and that the merits of the scheme ‘are for the democratically elected local planning authority to determine.’

“The planning authority has clearly given the Queensway Gateway the green light and local people are keen to see such road improvements delivered as soon as possible.”

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