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Court of Appeal refuses Wards Corner Coalition legal challenge against Haringey Borough Council
Campaigners looking to stop the redevelopment a historic market have had their final legal challenge turned down.
Yesterday the Court of Appeal refused to give the Wards Corner Coalition (WCC) permission for a judicial review over Haringey Borough Council’s decision to approve plans from Grainger PLC to develop the site above Seven Sisters Station.
The proposals would see the Wards Corner site demolished and transformed into what the council calls a “gateway” entrance to Tottenham.
This is the latest development in the six-year battle between the campaigners, the council and the developer.
In April, a judge at the Royal Courts of Justice concluded the case put forward by the coalition was not strong enough for judicial review.
Yesterday’s hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice was an attempt to overturn that ruling and pursue a judicial review of the authority’s planning decision.
The defeat marks the end of the legal battle over the site but James Skinner, a spokesman for the coalition, said the fight was far from over.
He said: “It’s such an injustice that none of these judges properly engaged with the arguments our legal team put forward and it means that Haringey’s poor planning decisions will go unchallenged.
“Scrutiny of council decisions is absolutely critical now as they push for more and more developer-led regeneration and ignore the needs of local communities.
“There is still a lot to do at Wards Corner, the fight is far from over."
The group now hopes to collaborate with the council and Grainger to find a community-led solution that “meets everybody’s needs”.
Mr Skinner added: “So many people have built their homes, businesses and communities around Wards Corner and we won’t sit by and let this unique place be demolished.”
Council leader Councillor Claire Kober welcomed yesterday’s decision and said the authority can finally move forward with the regeneration of Seven Sisters which is central to Tottenham’s future.
She said: “It is our responsibility to act in the best interests of the majority of local people, many of whom have told us they support our ambitions and want to see Seven Sisters get the improvements it deserves.
“We are excited that at last we can press ahead with breathing new life into our community and bring modern new homes, hundreds of jobs and the better mix of shops and markets that residents want to see."
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