The High Court has granted permission, this week, for two Judicial Reviews of Highways England’s plans for the A27 at Arundel. The two cases will be heard together, probably in the next 3 – 6 months.
The South Downs National Park Authority originally sought leave to appeal the way that Highways England chose its preferred route and its failure to fully explore all options including those which would not impact on the National Park.
In addition, local resident and grandmother, Dr Emma Tristram, engaged lawyers Leigh Day who issued proceedings in the High Court claiming that the decision by Highways England was unlawful. This was on the basis that following public consultation on the three options, there was a radical change to Highways England’s projected traffic flow on surrounding roads which meant that:
- information in the consultation brochure was positively misleading;
- expressions of support by the public for Highways England’s preferred route was based on out of date traffic figures;
- the public were not given the opportunity to consider revised traffic figures.
She is also contesting that the consultation material contained numerous material errors and omissions which, cumulatively, gave a positively misleading impression of the impact of the preferred option on Binsted village, Binsted Woods and historic Binsted Park.
Dr Tristram has already raised £11,000 towards her legal costs from supporters, but needs to raise substantially more to see the case through. If anyone wants to help her cause they can do so via her crowd-funding website.