Leicester's Jubilee Square: Bid to stop green space project rejected

St Nicholas Place in Leicester The site was used as a car park which generated £196,000 for the council last year

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A man who started a legal challenge against a project to turn a Leicester car park into gardens and open space has had his bid turned down.

Attual Rai Chand requested a judicial review of the Jubilee Square project, which will include a pedestrian area and the city's original High Cross.

The environmental consultant said he was opposed to the design of the open space as it showed "no imagination".

His request was declared to be "totally without merit" by a High Court judge.

Going Green

Western edge of proposed Jubilee Square
  • The square has been designed to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
  • The green space will be used for events and festivals
  • The square could accommodate a Ferris wheel or ice-rink at Christmas
  • Opponents fear the loss of parking will drive away trade
  • A total of 163 letters of objection were submitted during consultation

Mr Chand, who was unavailable for comment, previously said: "I think people are let down by this."

He said the consultation had "not been as thorough as I would have expected and it hasn't engaged me, or other people".

However, the city council said it had consulted with businesses and residents.

The authority said the design, which includes seating and lighting, would help to show off features of the buildings fronting the new square, including Wygston's House, the oldest complete timber-framed building in the city.

The remaining column of the city's original High Cross will be moved from Cheapside to the new square, a council spokesman added

The project has also faced some objections from businesses who said a loss of parking space would affect traffic and trade.

Work started on site at the end of August and is expected to take eight months to complete.

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