Westminster ratepayers face a £30,000 bill following the High Court’s decision to throw out Westminster Council’s application for a Judicial Review of the Secretary of State’s for Communities’ decision not to call in the regeneration plans for Elizabeth House in Lambeth. Westminster’s Judicial Review application was comprehensively rejected by Mr Justice Stewart on 29th July.
Westminster’s Labour Councillors have criticised the Council’s decision to waste thousands of pounds of Council Tax payers’ money by taking legal action against a Conservative Government and Conservative Mayor who both allowed Lambeth’s Labour Council to take a local planning decision that would redevelop a run-down building on the South Bank and create thousands of local jobs. Labour have called on the Council to take no further action, such as mounting an appeal, as this would waste further money in failed legal challenges.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“Westminster Conservatives have wasted £30,000 meddling in planning matters in another borough through a Judicial Review application that has been totally rejected by the High Court. That money could have been spent on local environmental improvements or could have contributed to building a new home for a local family.”