Local man to challenge Queensway Gateway road in High Court

April 16, 2015 by combehavendefenders

Hollington Valley, 11 March.  Tree sitter in background
Press release
Combe Haven Defenders [1]
Wednesday 15 April

Contact 07565 967 250.

Project would breach air pollution levels, contribute to climate change, and threaten protected species

A legal challenge against the decision by Hastings Borough Council’s planning committee to grant permission for the £15m Queensway Gateway road has been launched, claiming that the committee failed to take account of breaches of national and EU laws on air pollution that would be caused by the project.

The challenge, which is being brought by St Leonard’s resident Gabriel Carlyle, also claims that the committee failed to take account of the Habitats Directive on protected species; failed to consider alternatives to the road; and failed to take account of the cumulative effect of the road and business park.

In addition, it states that Hastings Council ‘failed entirely to consider the increase of greenhouse gas emissions that will arise from the proposal and so is contrary to any efforts the UK may be taking to tackle climate change’.

The case, which is being conducted by lawyers from Richard Buxton – a specialist environmental and public law firm [2]- should be heard at the High Court sometime between May and July.

Permission for the Queensway Gateway road was granted on 4 February [3], despite almost 500 objections and clear evidence that it would cause irreparable damage to Hollington Valley local wildlife site, described in its designation report [4] as ‘invaluable and irreplaceable’. Councillors voted unanimously to approve the road, the primary purpose of which was described by the Head of Planning as ‘to provide access to the allocated employment sites’ [5].

Gabriel Carlyle said, ‘At a time when the world is facing catastrophic climate, it is utterly irresponsible to be building new roads and destroying green spaces. If this road is built, it will cause an increase in CO2 emissions, serious air pollution and great harm to protected species.  This legal challenge aims to compel the the Council to reconsider this damaging waste of public money before it is too late.’

Contact 07565 967 250

[1] www.combehavendefenders.org.uk
[2] http://www.richardbuxton.co.uk
[3] https://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/4199/
[4] https://combehavendefenders.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/hollington-valley-snci.pdf
[5] https://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/transcript-of-planning-committee-meeting-on-queensway-gateway-road/

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