Clifford's Tower campaigners lose High Court battle UPDATED 12 Campaigners led by York councillor Johnny Hayes have lost their High Court battle, but have vowed to continue their fight against the controversial Clifford's Tower visitor centre.
Mr Justice Kerr this morning rejected their bid for a judicial review of the decision by City of York Council to grant planning permission to English Heritage for the gift shop, cafe and interpretation centre. Cllr Hayes described the decision as "a huge blow" but said they are now taking legal advice about whether they should try to appeal to the Court of Appeal. "Despite this disappointing news we are not giving up our fight against this development. We are listening carefully to our legal team's advice about where we go from here," he said. He and the campaign are also looking at other ways of stopping the visitors centre being built at the bottom of the Tower's steps and will urge English Heritage to consider building one in Castle Car Park. "I would have thought English Heritage need to reflect on the amount of opposition there is to this," he said. "Although they have permission and so on, I think it is between whether they wish to exercise it or see whether there are better alternatives." He said: "Our grounds for taking this to a judicial review was that the planning committee failed to correctly consider the harm to Clifford's Tower itself, to burberry factory outlet locations archaeology and the surrounding conservation area by the building of the visitor centre." "This verdict is a huge blow and we are very disappointed, but we now need to consider what our next steps should be. "It has been a very long few months burberry accessories waiting for the outcome of this Judicial Review. It has had a very high personal and financial cost. Many people have supported this campaign and the burberry outlet we are very grateful for that support. "If the Clifford's Tower Visitor Centre is built it in the motte it will become a little loved building by the few and a much hated building by the many. In our view it is simply the wrong building in the wrong place. So we will continue our fight to try to get the right building in the right place." He said since City of York Council planning committee approved the scheme in November, the Castle Gateway report had been published including future options for what is now Castle car park. Meanwhile, English Heritage confirmed burberry sale for men shirts it is hopeful it can now start work with the scheme, while acknowledging that Cllr Hayes has 14 days in which he can seek an appeal. Dr Jeremy Ashbee, Head Properties Curator at English Heritage said: "We appreciate that this proposal has aroused strong opinions, but we passionately believe that our project offers many improvements, in showing features hidden for centuries, making the site easier to access for everyone, and above all, allowing the site's dramatic story to be told as never before. "We have worked hard to make sure that our proposal aligns perfectly with wider proposals for improvements in this part of the city, and we especially look forward to working with other stakeholders to develop the various projects together." A City of York Council said: "We were always confident that we followed everything we should have done at all stages of the planning application, so we are pleased that today's High Court hearing confirms this.
Sitting in the Planning Court in Leeds last month, the high court judge heard arguments about the "archaeological treasure trove" under the are including the tower and the effect the visitors centre would have on the Eye of York and the Grade I listed buildings around it. English Heritage, which manages the Tower, claimed it had "overwhelming support" for the 2 million scheme when it held a public consultation in January 2016. In November, City of York Council planning committee voted 11 to 3 in favour of the scheme and English Heritage hoped to begin work within a few weeks.
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