Approved Plans For London Cruise Liner Terminal Set To Face Judicial Review

Thu, 21 Apr 2016

Jenny Wigley, of No5 Chambers, has successfully acted on behalf of a local resident to bring about a judicial review of Greenwich’s previously approved Enderby Wharf Development. As part of the development under challenge, a “fit for purpose” and “commercially viable” enlarged international cruise liner terminal is proposed.

On the grounds that the environmental assessment didn’t properly take into account the impact of all air quality emissions, Mr Justice Dove granted permission for a full judicial review of Greenwich’s planning approval for the development. 

Miss Wigley, on behalf of an anonymous resident and backed by local resident groups including the East Greenwich Residents Association and the Greenwich Society, was able to challenge the permission for the cruise liner terminal on the basis that there had been no cumulative assessment of the emissions of the cruise liner ships with the other emissions of the development.  The cruise liner ships’ emissions would be the equivalent of the diesel pollution of 688 idling lorries, which would add to the already exceeded critical air pollution levels in London.

Residents campaigning for a cleaner cruise liner terminal are said to be pleased with this decision and commented that “The court’s decision provides the hope that Londoners will be protected from polluting effects of this poorly executed scheme. Royal Borough of Greenwich will at last be held to account.” 

In the last few days, London Mayoral candidates Zac Goldsmith, Sadiq Khan and Sian Berry have all pledged support for the judicial review.  The council have commented that they are “disappointed at yesterday’s decision, which will create delays to the project,” however they are "fully committed to improving air quality in the borough".

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