QPR’s training ground plan faces further opposition despite High Court verdict

Campaigners opposing QPR’s plans to build a training ground at Warren Farm plan to fight on despite losing their High Court battle.

The planning application was approved by Ealing Council in September 2015 but campaigners demanded a judicial review.

The decision went QPR’s way, with the council’s decision being upheld.

However, Get West London reports that the Save Warren Farm Campaign plan to continue.

The group’s spokesman Malcolm Waller said: “The battle is not over yet. Along with many people who know the facts about this planning application, we are hugely disappointed with the decision.

“We have a vision where all of the land can be retained for community sports, recreation and leisure with sensible realistic investment by the council and partners, without having to lease away the land to a privately-owned organisation at a peppercorn rent.”

Solicitor Kristina Kenworthy, representing the group, said: “Development of Metropolitan Open Land, which this area is, requires the most stringent justification, and in our view Ealing came nowhere near to deciding the matter in favour of QPR in the correct way.

“The courts so far may not have agreed, but it is a really important issue for the protection against inappropriate development throughout the country, which has not been directly addressed, so the case may well go further.”

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