Legal action fails at former Wyevale garden centre

Legal action to prevent a Jewish free school being built at a former garden centre in Mill Hill, north London, has been quashed.

Campaigners lodged a judicial review accusing Barnet Council of ignoring the needs of elderly and disabled people under the Equalities Act after it granted planning permission to Etz Chaim Primary School in January 2012.

Opponents wanted the former Wyevale Garden Centre to be used as a recreational and educational facility for the whole community.

But on 21 December, Mr Justice Lindblom dismissed the appeal brought by Milespit Hill resident Daniel Coleman, who is disabled and used to visit the centre every week.

Mr Lindblom said: "The claimant’s argument on this issue is, in my view, misconceived."

Etz Chaim will now open its doors at the former garden centre in September next year.

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