Warren Farm JR fails

A High Court judge has rejected an application for a judicial review of Queens Park Rangers’ planned redevelopment of Warren Farm sports ground.

The application to seek a judicial review was refused by Mr Justice Lewis who rejected all claims made by Hanwell Community Forum. The judge also confirmed that Ealing Council acted appropriately in granting QPR planning permission to redevelop the site and awarded QPR’s costs of £5,000 against Hanwell Community Forum.

The community group now has a week in which to seek an oral hearing to ask that the judge’s decision is reconsidered.

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of the council, said: “We are pleased with the High Court’s decision to reject the application for a judicial review and, with QPR set to invest millions of pounds into the community sports facilities, I’m confident we’ve secured the best deal for local people.”

QPR’s Chief Operating Officer, Mark Donnelly, said: “We are pleased with the outcome from the High Court and welcome the news that the application for a judicial review has been rejected.

Under the plans, QPR will build a new community sports complex alongside its elite training facility, which will provide a base for the club’s training academy as well as give local people access to high-quality community and sports facilities.

The improvements will also include enhanced football and cricket pitches, a new artificial turf pitch and multi-use games areas suitable for sports such as netball and tennis. There will be a new changing facilities catering for disabled users, as well as bookable community space in the new clubhouse.

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