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Grimshaw's London Bridge revamp avoids judicial review

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A judicial review claim against Southwark Council’s decision to grant planning permission for Grimshaw’s London Bridge development has been rejected

The Bermondsey Village Action Group lodged a claim for the lawfulness of the council’s decision to be reviewed, asking the courts to determine whether objections to the planning decision were arguable, reported sister title Construction News.

However, a court hearing found that there were ‘no grounds for argument’ to pursue a judicial review, with no fault in Southwark’s planning process.

A spokesperson for the council said all applications were determined ‘in a transparent and publicly accountable manner’.

‘The planning process is open to public consultation, scrutiny and commentary, in accordance with public law principles.

‘The judges found that the council’s assessment was rigorous and thorough, taking into account vastly complex issues for the redevelopment of the station, and that the decision made by the planning committee was sound.’

Costain is set to deliver the design and delivery of the five year project, including a new concourse at street level and new entrances, in a scheme aimed at increasing passenger capacity by 25 million.

Balfour Beatty Rail was chosen to deliver a £50 million contract to carry out track remodelling work.

This is the third judicial review claim this year in which the Council has defended its decision, including Downtown at Canada Water and the Quill at London Bridge.

Contractor Costain is leading on the £400 million project, with Osborne expected to begin preparatory work early in the New Year.


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