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If you arrive at Hampton Court by train, the stunning views of Henry VIII's palace, glimpsed through mature trees, are marred by the station car park.
The views will be much worse, according to architect Keith Garner, if "out of scale" and unsympathetic four-storey flats, a hotel and an ex-servicemen's home are built on the car park and on the derelict nearby site of a café called the Jolly Boatman.
An architect fighting Elmbridge Council's decision to grant a developer permission to build on land near Hampton Court Palace has told the local authority to "save face" and scrap the scheme, following a victory in the Court of Appeal.
In December 2008, the council controversially gave developer Gladedale permission to build a hotel, residential units and a new care home for the Royal Star and Garter charity on the derelict land where the Jolly Boatman pub once stood.
AN architect fighting plans to redevelop the former Jolly Boatman site has been given the green light to continue his legal challenge after a court ruling protecting him from excessive costs.
Keith Garner was victorious in the Court of Appeal, with judges deciding his costs should be limited to £5,000 if he loses his battle with Elmbridge Borough Council (EBC).
Mr Garner said he was pleased with the granting of a protective costs order, which means he will be able to battle onto a full hearing on his application for judicial review later this year.
The Court of Appeal has given claimants in environmental judicial review cases a "major boost" by extending the use of protective costs orders (PCOs).
Keith Garner, an architect, launched a judicial review to challenge planning permission for a mixed-use development on the site of Hampton Court railway station, directly across the river from the royal palace.
Richard Buxton, who runs his own environmental law practice in Cambridge, acted for Garner. He said the ruling would be crucial in improving access to justice for claimants.