The High Court has ruled that Lambeth’s consultation on the future of the Cressingham Gdns Estate is unlawful because it removed options considered behind the scenes from the public document.
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‘Ugo Hayter from the human rights team at Leigh Day, commented “The decision by Lambeth Council did not take into consideration the opinions of the vast majority of the residents on the estate who have made it clear that they favoured refurbishment over demolition.”
Lambeth Council will now have to re-consult in relation to the refurbishment options and the redevelopment options.’
Two questions arise:
- Does this judgement have implications for other local authority, Government and public bodies consultations?
- Will they now have to set out all the options they have considered behind the scenes and publish them?