We are very disappointed to tell you that we lost our challenge in court today. The Judge decided to uphold the Inspector’s decision.
Our specialist Barrister argued a long list of mistakes and inconsistencies made by the Inspector and argued how her decision failed to explain compliance with the relevant planning rules.
The Judge decided that despite the absence of reasoning by the Inspector in her written decision, this made no difference to him in his judgement. And he inferred the missing reasoning. He deemed the several mistakes and inconsistencies not sufficiently important to support an overturning of her decision.
To those that attended, the vagueness of her reasoning in her decision made it easier for the Judge to rule against us.
The Inspector’s decision made a series of factual planning mistakes which the current legal process does not allow to be argued in appeal.
We obviously disagree with the outcome.
The reality of the consequences of this development were obviously lost on the appeal but we will continue to work closely with the Teddington Society and Teddington Business Community (TBC) to look after the Teddington community interests. Efforts continue with Vince Cable and the TBC petition.
We’d like to take this opportunity thank you all so much for your support, morally, vocally and financially in this campaign. We are so grateful to be a part of such a special community – roll on Teddington Lights Up.