A raft of Birmingham advocacy groups have backed a judicial review over a hospital extension by BDP within the grounds of a Grade II-listed building.
The Birmingham Civic Society, Victorian Society and Moseley Society are supporting legal action by residents to save the Humphrey Repton-designed gardens. Their plan is to overturn a decision to build close to Moseley Hall Hospital on Alcester Road in the south of the city.
The council and the operator for the new mental health facility, the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust, were served with legal papers last week, after London's High Court began processing the proceedings.
The proposed work would involve the demolition of some 1960s accommodation within the hall grounds and construction of a new three-storey block to house patients.
Residents are objecting to plans to build on the site's green land instead of on the footprint of existing single-storey buildings.
Resident Andrew Fowler, a solicitor instrumental in bringing about the review, said: 'This is not a question of Nimbyism.
We didn't get what we wanted through correspondence with the council and we are looking to quash the planning decision.' BDP and Birmingham City Council were unavailable for comment.