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Parents lose their fight to stop two new Catholic schools coming to South West London.
Parents who were opposed to plans to open two Catholic schools in the London Borough of Richmond have lost their legal battle this afternoon.
They had taken their fight to court to try and stop the schools - claiming the council had broken rules by approving them.
But now the schools are set to open next year. Ria Chatterjee reports.
Outside court a campaigner and parent told me having the Catholic schools would be unnecessarily exclusive, especially with a shortage in places.
It is Day two of the Richmond Catholic schools fight at the High Court. The local council is to put forward its case
A legal challenge over plans for two new Catholic schools in the London Borough of Richmond is being heard at the High Court.
The British Humanist Association and another group claim Richmond Council broke laws in approving new schools which can prioritise Catholic children.
The schools, one secondary and one primary, are due to open in September.
The council says a democratic decision was taken to approve the schools.
It says it is confident it acted lawfully in approving plans for the schools put forward by the Diocese of Westminster. Families have already applied for places at the schools.
In August, the High Court gave permission for a judicial review of the case, which is now being heard.