Clifford’s Tower Legal Challenge: Judge Reserves Verdict On ‘Enormously Important’ Issue

Clifford's Tower


From YorkMix.


Campaigners opposed to a plan to build a visitor centre at Clifford’s Tower will have to wait for a decision in their legal challenge.

English Heritage wants to build a centre below the 13th-century castle at the base of its motte.

City of York Council approved the plan for a gift shop and interpretation centre last year. It alos includes new stairs up to the castle and a range of improved visitor features inside the keep, but this decision has been challenged by a group of residents led by independent city councillor Johnny Hayes.

The judicial review hearing forced by Mr Hayes was held on Wednesday (May 3) in the High Court in Leeds but, after a day of detailed argument about planning law, the judge, Mr Justice Kerr, announced he would reserve his judgment.

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