Community group takes Crystal Palace Park appeal to court

Crystal Palace Community Association is to get its day in (the High) Court tomorrow morning, as its rearguard battle to prevent housing being built on parkland continues.

CPCA is seeking to challenge the approval given to a London Development Agency Masterplan application for the proposed sale of protected Grade II** Registered Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) within Crystal Palace Park for construction of 180 private luxury flats in apartment blocks.

“Despite the LDA no longer even existing, having disappeared like a conjurer’s rabbit into the Greater London Authority and his pre-election promises to protect London’s Parks and green open spaces, London Mayor Boris Johnson, in blatant betrayal of his election manifesto pledges to Londoners where he stated his opposition to housing on the park, but now ‘fully supports’ the park Masterplan,” said John Payne of CPCA.

In March, Mr Justice Keith found against the CPCA’s objections. But the community association has managed to get an oral hearing of its case at the High Court in the Strand at 10am tomorrow.

“The CPCA has received many messages of support and generous donations concerning its attempts to preserve historic Crystal Palace Park from commercial development, and any who would like to attend the hearing on October 31 would be most welcome,” Payne said.

4pm update: The hearing has been amended to “not before 2pm” on Oct 31, in Court 63 before Lord Justice Lewison.

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