Following the recent decision of Lewisham Council to approve the City of London’s proposals for their Sydenham Hill Estate, concerned members of the community have set up a Crowd Justice account to fund a legal opinion as to whether there is a case for a Judicial Review. Time is tight. Please donate and/or share on Social Media or with your contacts:
The community living on Sydenham Hill Ridge welcomes the development of the City of London Sydenham Hill Estate for social housing. We believe in building good quality, environmentally friendly social housing that will last well into the future. However, the huge increase in density sets to impact the quality of the housing built, the historic environment, the conservation area, the local infrastructure and the natural environment, reducing the much needed green communal space, felling mature trees and impacting the ancient woodland opposite, visited by people across London. We raised money to fund the initial advice of a solicitor. Following that advice, we are now raising funds to seek the opinion of Counsel.
The approved planning application can be seen here:
Update (Sun 20 Dec)
Legal advice is that there is a good chance of success. Further details on Crowd Justice, here:
The pre-action protocol letter has been sent to Lewisham and, because Lewisham timed the publication of their planning decision to hit the Christmas period, as of today (Sun 20 Dec) there are now just 10 days remaining in which to raise the money needed to lodge the case with the Courts.
Please share this with your contacts.
We are very close to raising the amount we need to file at Court, but we’re running out of time to do so. As of the time of typing, we have pledges totalling £6685 on the Crowd Justice website. We need £315 more to enable us to pay the lawyers to file at Court by the morning of 31st December, which is the Court deadline (i.e. six weeks following Lewisham’s publication of the planning permission).
It would be really sad if we were to fail, not because of a weakness in what we have been told is a good case, but because of a shortfall in donations.
Please head on over the the Crowd Justice website and donate and/or share this link to help us to reach our target.
One thing I’ve been wondering about this application is whether Historic England have been properly consulted on the effects the planning will have on Lammas Green. Not least the demolition of the listed boundary wall and the reduction in the garden of one of the listed buildings there. Demolition of listed elements I believe must always be referred as this doesn’t appear to have been.
I hope to be able to post more info in the next few days.
In the meantime, here is the latest update from the Crowd Justice page …
Update on the legal case and fundraising
We are thrilled to have made our initial Crowd Justice target. Thank you for supporting and sharing our campaign to challenge a planning decision that will be so detrimental to this unique environment.
Our lawyers received the responses from Lewisham and The City of London and filed the claim in Court where it was issued and has been served on the defendant. Lewisham and The City of London are required to respond to the court with their grounds for defence by 26th January 2021. A Judge will then consider whether there is an arguable case and make a decision on granting permission for judicial review.
We are now actively fundraising to reach the £12,000 stretch target to cover a potential claim for costs from the other side and enable us to begin moving on to the next stage, which will be to consider any grounds of resistance.
Your support is hugely appreciated.
Note: now that we have met the initial target, the countdown will automatically renew every 30 days.