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Justice for Leeman Road community - Press Release

Monday, September 26th, 2022 12:38pm

By Barbara Constable

The Justice for Leeman Road Community campaign has decided with ‘huge regret’ not to proceed with its legal case against the City of York Council Local Leeman Road residents launched legal proceedings against the Council following the decision to  grant the National Railway Museum (NRM) permission to build across Leeman Road, closing off their  primary route to and from the city centre. 

The Justice for Leeman Road Community campaign has decided with ‘huge regret’ not to proceed with its legal case against the City of York Council

Local Leeman Road residents launched legal proceedings against the Council following the decision to grant the National Railway Museum (NRM) 

permission to build across Leeman Road, closing off their primary route to and from the city centre. 

Starting the process for a judicial review of the decision, a pre-application letter was sent to the Council and the NRM as third party on 31 August. 

The Council had 14 days to respond to the letter. The next stage would have been an application to a court for a judicial review. 

Dr Paul Clarke, who has been leading the legal process on behalf of residents, working with a Leeds-based firm of planning lawyers, said: 

“It is with huge regret that we have decided not to proceed with our legal case. 

“Although we have raised a substantial sum of money from our local residents through our crowdfunding page and we have a group of core backers, we are still a long way off from achieving the funds we need to take us through to the next stage. 

“I’m hugely grateful to people who have donated what they could afford to our campaign, particularly given the pressures on household budgets due to the cost-of-living crisis. It has allowed us to engage a team of lawyers to investigate our legal options. 

“However, I have been consulting with our barrister over the past couple of days and given the risk that we might not succeed in overturning the decision, I have decided it isn’t fair to ask the community to contribute further during these difficult times. 

“It is really disappointing that a publicly-owned body like the NRM was not prepared to implement a design that would unite both 

sides of the museum,  as well as retaining a pedestrian and cycle way along the route of Leeman Road.  

“But this is not the end. The information we’ve gained from instigating the judicial review process has been invaluable and we will make use of this to pursue other avenues available to us. We will continue to campaign for local communities to be at the heart of the City of York’s planning process.  

“Residents are sick and tired of commercial interests being put ahead of those of the local community, as is evident from the wide-spread support

given to our campaign,” he said. 

 

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