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Lord Justice Leveson and Richard Madeley fight underground pool plan

by Asa
31st Jan 13 12:29 pm

Lord Justice Leveson, TV presenter Richard Madeley and former Lloyds chairman Sir Victor Blank have combined forces to stop an underground swimming pool being built near their homes.

The trio are spearheading a campaign by local residents who fear that the pool would significantly damage their homes in Hampstead, northwest London.

Lawyers instructed by former Lloyds Banking Group chair Sir Victor are seeking a High Court injunction to stop Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust from approving the scheme.

The body was set up in 1968 to preserve the character of Hampstead Garden Suburb. Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust, alongside Barnet Council, rules on every development in the area.

Trust chairman Angus Walker said he was unable to comment.

“There are legal proceedings which will be heard in February and the trust has no comment in anticipation of those proceedings.”

The basement extension application was made to Barnet Council on 26 March 2012. It involves the creation of a basement beneath the back garden for a swimming pool and changing area, measuring over 15 yards long. The basement would stretch a further 15 yards for a games room and wine cellar.

A Barnet Council spokesman told LondonlovesBusiness.com that the council are not aware of having received any injunction yet and was otherwise unable to comment.

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