A date for this High Court dispute hasn’t been set yet but the case is expected to be heard this winter.
This appeal is one of a number of objections that the Brighton Marina Action Group and its members have addressed against the expansion of Brighton Marina.
The group failed last year in their attempts to convince judges that the construction of towers higher than the cliffs in the surrounding areas themselves was in breach of the original parliamentary act which made the construction of the Marina possible back in 1968.
The group has aroused much support particularly from local residents with up to £75,000 being raised last year to cover judicial review costs and other legal expenses. It’s thought a figure similar to this will be required to cover the cost of legal expenses this time around.
The Action Group argues this second phase of the Marina’s redevelopment will extend into water utilised by sailors and over a spending beach used as a safety feature. Phase one of the development has already been completed.
The second phase has already started too with the foundations being built at this minute with the anticipated three-year construction of new towers set to commence this October.
Brighton Marina Action Group’s Robert Powell said: “The development will certainly encroach on the marina and go where I have seen many times boats sailing.
“It is particularly galling that developers are riding roughshod over what Parliament authorised.
“I trust the courts will realise the good sense of the well-established law and put a stop to it.”
Andrew Goodall of Brunswick Developments said: “All that happened in court was the judge agreed to a judicial review having previously rejected the application by writing by saying there was an arguable point, but there is always an arguable point. I love living in a democracy and it is right for people to have the chance to argue their case.
“We have a licence in order and we have sought all the legal advice we need. This will not make a difference to our building programme at all.
“I think the time has passed for them. I don’t think there are many people who don’t think this is a fantastic development. They have voted with their feet and it is going fantastic.”
It has been a long and constant battle for Andrew Goodall of Brunswick Developments who has waited over twenty years since first buying into the sight to see his vision of the Marina realised.
He has come a long way since having to tempt bus drivers with sandwiches two decades ago to stop at the waterfront site.
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