A dramatic twist was delivered at the Royal Courts of Justice today in the campaign to preserve Southbank Undercroft. In a most unusual move on what was to be the final day of Long Live Southbank’s judicial review hearing at the High Court today, and plainly in reaction to the difficult issues raised by the case, Mrs Justice Lang adjourned the hearing for a number of months. The decision to was made so that she can formally invite the Government to participate for the first time in the proceedings.
Judge Lang will invite the Government to appear at the hearing by way of a barrister to explain to her the Government’s position on a series of issues raised by Long Live Southbank’s legal team This includes its view on the interpretation of the restrictions on village green registration contained in the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013, as to the particular circumstances in relation to the Southbank Undercroft and as to the application of the Human Rights Act.
Long Live Southbank and the Open Spaces Society take the position that the interpretation of the restrictions which is argued for by Lambeth and the Southbank Centre would lead to absurd and unintended results. Long Live Southbank is delighted that the court will now have the opportunity to examine their concerns in detail.
For more information, please contact Long Live Southbank’s lawyer, Simon Ricketts of King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin:
Tel: 020 7111 2768
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LLSB was started by the local skateboarders to give them a voice and raise awareness about the threat of the destruction of a creative community who have turned a dead space into a thriving visual hub for 40 years.
Over the last century the society has preserved commons for the enjoyment of the public. It has also been active in protecting the historical and vital rights-of-way network through England and Wales.