THE instigators of an unsuccessful judicial review claim against the Brightwells regeneration scheme have been told they must repay Waverley Borough Council’s legal costs.
Five claimants - David Wylde, Richard and Celia Sandars, and councillors John Williamson and Andy MacLeod - were told they did not have the legal standing to take Waverley’s scheme to a full judicial review hearing in mid-March following a preliminary hearing at the High Court.
However, in a double blow, the High Court has now ruled the claimants must also repay Waverley’s sizeable legal fees.
In a letter to the claimants’ donors, Mr Sandars said: “Not only have the courts prevented us from challenging the legality of Waverley’s handling of this scheme and their significant financial concessions to the developer Crest Nicholson, but we are now liable for Waverley’s legal costs.
“We have been working to achieve a settlement acceptable to both sides, and thanks to your invaluable support we have been able to shield the claimants from damaging personal liability.
“While the matter of costs is being resolved, we are considering various ways in which we can work to prevent Farnham from being damaged by an outdated, unworkable and commercially unviable development, and we will continue to fight for the sort of town centre which Farnham residents deserve.”