Published Thursday, 9 March 2017

New leisure and retail facilities and affordable homes will be coming to Farnham after a High Court judge rejected a claim for a judicial review of Waverley’s decision to proceed with Brightwells.

The claim was made by a small group of local residents who said the decision by Waverley’s Full Council in May 2016 was unlawful.

However High Court judge, the Honourable Mr Justice Dove, dismissed the application, concluding: “I am satisfied that the claimants do not have standing to bring this claim for judicial review. As a consequence, this claim must be dismissed.”

Councillor Julia Potts, Leader of the Council, said: “I’m delighted the judge has made the right decision for the people of Farnham. 

“His ruling has backed what we believed was the right scheme for Farnham all along; to provide the town with new homes and an exciting retail and leisure offer, including an M&S and Reel cinema. This regeneration scheme will bring about major community benefits to our residents, visitors and local businesses and give the council a much needed income stream for many years to come.  

“The legal action brought against the council has had a significant effect on the timescales for the project as well as creating great uncertainty for the local community.  Waverley has had to defend the case at considerable expense to local council taxpayers. 

“Our ambition now is to move forward and provide a revitalized, vibrant centre for Farnham.  We will deal with the consequences of what has passed and work with our development partner Crest Nicholson to get the scheme underway as soon as we can.

“I hope that we can now all unite, work together and put the interests of Farnham’s future first.”