Lovells, DWS rebuff King’s Cross threat

Lovells and Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) are celebrating a High Court victory that will almost certainly ensure the continuation of the £2bn redevelopment of London’s King’s Cross, one of the city’s largest-ever property developments.

Lovells advised developer Argent and DWS advised the London Borough of Camden in successfully fighting off a judicial review launched in February by the King’s Cross Railway Lands Group (KCRLG).

The review was intended to examine KCRLG’s claim that members of Camden’s planning committee were wrongly advised that they had to vote for the scheme and has forced Argent to down tools on much of the site for the three months since.

The Lovells team advising on the judicial review was led by head of planning Michael Gallimore, who said: “In terms of the length of a judicial review, February to the end of May isn’t bad going.

“I’m glad that the judge could see the urgency of resolving this in time for us to still have a significant part of the development completed by 2012. Everyone recognises that it’s really important to London to have a first-class gateway to London in time for the Olympics.

“This is a £2bn project, so the delay is likely to have run into several million pounds.”

Lovells instructed David Forsdick of Landmark Chambers and Keith Lindblom QC of Francis Taylor Building to act for Argent in the hearing.

Camden Council was advised by Timothy Corner QC and Paul Brown of 4-5 Grays Inns Square, instructed by a DWS team led by partner Stephen Ashworth. KCRLG, meanwhile, was advised by John Hobson QC and Paul Stinchcombe of 4-5 Grays Inn Square and Alex Goodman of 3 Field Court, instructed by Leigh Day & Co.

KCRLG has 14 days to consider taking the case to the Court of Appeal.