A303 Stonehenge Tunnel | Court case has begun to determine lawfulness of planning decision

24 06 2021

A three day court hearing to scrutinise the planning approval of the £1.7bn Stonehenge Tunnel road scheme began on the 23rd June and ends on 25th June.

The legal challenge has been brought by campaign group Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site (SSWHS), which believes the proposals will have a detrimental impact on the ancient site and is seeking permission for a judicial review of the project.

Mr Justice Holgate said the court would not be considering the merits of the tunnel itself, but only whether the transport secretary had acted unlawfully.

Campaigners supporting SSWHS’s legal challenge lined up outside the court buildings carrying banners and playing drums. Senior druid Arthur Uther Pendragon said he was there to “show druid support” for the challenge.

The Stonehenge site, together with Avebury, which is also in Wiltshire, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986.

The proposed tunnel is part of a major investment in the A303, between Amesbury and Berwick Down, which is a popular route for motorists travelling to and from the south west and runs within a few hundred metres of the site.

Highways England said its plan for the tunnel will remove the sight and sound of traffic passing the site and cut journey times.

The project is classified as nationally significant, which means a development consent order from the Transport Secretary is needed for it to go ahead.

STONEHENGE A303 TUNNEL NEWS:

Stonehenge Tunnel Judicial Review: High Court case – Salisbury Journal
Stonehenge tunnel: Minister acted ‘unlawfully’ – BBC News
‘Vigil for Stonehenge’ held outside Royal Courts of Justice – Salisbury Journal
Court case begins to determine lawfulness of planning decision – New Civil Engineer
Unesco warns that Stonehenge will go on its danger list unless plans to build tunnel beneath it are modified – The Art Newspaper
Outrage as High Court denies NCE journalists access to hearing – New Civil Engineer
Stonehenge road tunnel go-ahead unlawful, high court told – The Guardian
Wiltshire people share thoughts on A303 Stonehenge tunnel benefits.- Stonehenge News Blog
The Knotty Problem of the A303 and Stonehenge.- Stonehenge News Blog
The Stonehenge Tunnel Debate – the good, the bad, and the ugly – Stonehenge News Blog

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