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Can a skate park be a ‘village green'?

7 March 2014

The High Court is today deciding on this very matter. Major re-development of the Southbank Centre is intended to be carried out which will move the skate park to a different location. The Long Live Southbank campaigners are seeking to protect the skate park by arguing for this ‘village green’ status.

Boris Johnson, who has the final say on whether the scheme goes ahead, has publicised his support of the skate park remaining in its current location leading the developers to put their £120 million redevelopment on hold.

The High Court yesterday heard a bid for the skate park to be registered as a village green, the campaigners are appealing Lambeth Council’s original rejection of their application.

Under the new rules, ‘trigger events’ such as prior planning applications, restrict the right to apply for land to be registered as a village green (to prevent its misuse by objectors opposed to development) and the exclusion remains in place whilst the decision is being made or if the permission is granted. This case will be the first test of precisely when such a ‘trigger event’ occurs.

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