Judicial review sought for ruling to allow NRM Hall to block Leeman Road, York

Local residents are challenging the planners’ decision to allow construction of a new museum hall across Leeman Road in York.

A group of residents say they have hired a Leeds-based town planning law firm to seek a judicial review of York City Council’s planning committee’s decision to grant the National Railway Museum permission to open a new Central Hall.

He said a ‘pre-action letter’ was sent today to the authority and the museum as a third party.

Dr Paul Clarke, a resident of St. month.

Dr. Paul Clarke

He said the loss of Leeman Road as a route for pedestrians and cyclists had been raised as a major concern by local residents throughout the consultation and planning process.

“We have been trying to engage with the council and the NRM for many years but have been totally ignored,” he claimed.

“They put commercial interests ahead of the interests of the local community.”

He said the loss of Leeman Road would have a serious impact on the daily lives of thousands of local residents, especially women, children, people with disabilities and the elderly, and also removed a key north-south cycle corridor. .

“The alternate route adds nearly half a mile to our trip, along a path that won’t feel safe after dark,” he said.

‘The NRM has agreed to allow people to cross during opening hours, but this only covers 50% of journeys made by local residents and they will have to fight through hordes of visitors.’

He stressed that the group was not opposed to the development of York Central or the expansion of the NRM, but only called for the maintenance of a direct and safe route to and from the city center for pedestrians and cyclists. which was available all day, every day of the year.

“We fight for the right of local communities to shape developments in the City of York that have a fundamental impact on their lives. Too often, local communities are ignored by the council,” he said.

He said the group had identified legal issues with the council’s planning process to reach the decision which could be challenged through judicial review.

If successful, the authorization would be revoked and a new application would be required, which the group hoped would be rejected next time.

He added that, to help with legal costs, the group started a crowdfunding called Justice for Leeman Road: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/justice4leemanroad/.

The NRM declined to comment at this stage and The Press will publish the council’s response when we receive it.