Warren Farm survives JR

A Judicial Review has ruled Ealing Council acted properly in approving QPR’s plans for a new training facility at Warren Farm.

Plans for the new training facility in Hanwell for Queens Park Rangers FC were approved in September 2015. The move came under fire from local campaigners who used the JR process to suggest Ealing Council had been misled into approving the plans. They feel the plans will compromise public access to the open land.

The facilities will allow QPR to implement a significant community sports development programme which focuses on encouraging local people, particularly young women, older people and people with disabilities, to get involved in sport.

The Judge felt ruled that the council had properly balanced the benefits of the scheme against any harm caused, and now the scheme can go ahead.

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of the council, said: “We are pleased with the judicial review decision 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.

“Once the site is up-and-running, QPR will implement a significant community sports development programme which focuses on encouraging local people, particularly young women, older people and people with disabilities, to get involved in sport. The club will also be responsible for on-going maintenance of the new facilities, with no cost to taxpayers or the council.”

QPR CEO Lee Hoos, said: “This is positive news and another significant hurdle that we’ve overcome.  There is still some way to go but we are really pleased with the outcome of this verdict.”

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