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Judicial review leaves Grimshaw's Battersea plans 'in jeopardy'

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Local campaigners have won the right to take Grimshaw's £500 million plans for the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station to judicial review.

At the High Court in May, Battersea Power Station Community Group (BPSCG) persuaded the presiding judge that Wandsworth council had failed to carry out a sufficient Environmental Impact Report before giving the project planning permission.

Chair Brian Barnes said the BPSCG was delighted to make further legal objections, declaring that the decision could be the beginning of the end for the redevelopment. 'If the planning permission is reversed at the Judicial Review then there are any number of issues that will have to be reassessed by the council, ' he said.

'These include the environment, transport amenities and social housing provision.'

But the developer behind Grimshaw's scheme, Parkview, refuted the group's claims. 'The court case will not have any impact, ' the firm's Ian Rumgay said. 'This is nothing more than a technicality and there is no way it will kill off the scheme.'

The full judicial review will take place in October.

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