In case you're wondering about our Judicial Review
Mar 8, 2020 —
Here is an update from GLEAM (Green Lanes Environmental Action Movement), the organisation that launched the Judicial Review:
The reason you haven’t heard from us for a while is that we are still patiently waiting for the Administrative Court to decide whether our case against the LDNPA is ‘arguable’. All judicial review cases are subject to this preliminary assessment, which is done through consideration of written legal submissions.
This preliminary assessment is taking longer than usual as one of the third parties (the off-roading organisation called Trail Riders Fellowship) decided to get involved in the case in support of the LDNPA and asked for time to make a submission. (The two other third parties with an interest, the National Trust and Cumbria County Council, are not taking part in the proceedings.)
Should the Court decide that a case is not ‘arguable’ and therefore should not proceed to a full hearing, the claimant can contest this decision at an oral hearing.
We budgeted for the possibility of an oral hearing at the outset. This means that thanks to you all we have enough funds to cover the cost of an oral hearing should one be needed.
Meanwhile, the Administrative Court has categorised our case as ‘significant’ and has noted that the case ‘raises important issues concerning the Sandford Principle’. (The Sandford Principle says that where there is conflict between conservation and recreation, national park authorities should give priority to conservation.)
We will continue to keep you posted and, as ever, we are hugely grateful for your support.
Best wishes from all at GLEAM.
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