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Bid to halt Hampton Court Palace development rejected by High Court

A local resident has failed in his attempt to prevent a controversial development opposite Hampton Court from going ahead. 13 Jun 2013

The development, known as the Jolly Boatman site, East Molesey, has faced a number of legal challenges since planning permission was granted in 2009 for a hotel, care home, shops and apartments.

In a fresh High Court challenge, Andrew Roberts challenged decisions made by Elmbridge Borough Council that environmental conditions placed on the development had been satisfactorily met. Mr Justice Ouseley rejected the claim put forward by Mr Roberts that the Council had erred when considering a “buffer zone” and a scheme to protect wildlife along the River Ember.

The Judge concluded that whether these plans are acceptable or not is a matter for the Council to decide upon and that the original plans drawn up by the developer, Gladedale Group Ltd, were supported by both the Environment Agency and the Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Mr Roberts’ lawyers are considering whether to launch an appeal.