Garden Bridge legal challenge launched in high court

A legal challenge is being launched in the high court against plans to build the Garden Bridge over the River Thames in London.

Michael Ball, from Tulse Hill in south London, says the London Borough of Lambeth acted unlawfully by granting planning permission for the £175m bridge, which Ball says will ruin views of the City and St Paul’s Cathedral will be compromised.

Thomas Heatherwick is designer with engineer Arup and garden designer Dan Pearson.

Lawyers for Ball say Lambeth council failed to comply with its duty to protect the historic settings of listed buildings in the area and that long-term funding arrangements for the project have not been properly considered.

Ball is a former director of Waterloo Community Development Group (WCDG), a community planning organisation. Richard Stein, from the human rights team at law firm Leigh Day, is asking the court to quash the planning permission.


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