Court of Appeal backs London Bridge renovation

Fri 4 January 2013, 9:41 am

A challenge to major redevelopment work scheduled for London Bridge Station has been dismissed by three Court of Appeal judges, paving the way for the scheme to proceed.

Bermondsey Village Action Group launched legal action against the plans, claiming that Southwark Council’s decision to approve the construction of a new concourse and the demolition of railway arches, a listed train shed, and other structures had been flawed.

Throwing out the challenge, Lord Justice Pill said that alleged shortcomings with an environmental statement were insufficient to bring its validity into question, Planning magazine reported.

He said the London Bridge district was an “opportunity area”  in which the provision of new retail floorspace was “an acceptable, and indeed desirable, land use” in terms of planning policy.