The High Court has refused permission to apply for judicial review in the four challenges which were brought to the development consent order which approved the construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel. The order had been made by the Secretaries of State for Communities and Local Government and for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in September 2014. In three judgments delivered over the course of hearings on 15th and 16th January, Mr Justice Ouseley dismissed all the claims with costs. He held that proceedings by the London Borough of Southwark and Mr Stevens (the latter on behalf of the Thames Blue Green Plan) had been brought out of time. Claims by the Thames Blue Green Economy Limited and Mr Percival were dismissed as unarguable as they challenged the designated national policy statement which supported the principle of the supersewer.
Richard Harwood QC appeared for the Secretaries of State, leading David Blundell.