Winchester City Council acted 'unlawfully' over Silver Hill scheme, judge rules.

The plans would cost £165 million Credit: Silver Hill scheme

Winchester City Council has suffered a blow in its plans to transform Winchester city centre, after a High Court judge upheld a challenge by a city councillor.

The judgment was handed down today in the Royal Courts of Justice after a Judicial Review to decide whether the Council, in accepting the changes to the 2009 Silver Hill scheme proposed by Henderson, broke EU and UK procurement regulations.

In her comprehensive 56-page Judgment, The Hon Mrs Justice Lang DBE, concluded that the Council did indeed act unlawfully.

Cllr Kim Gottlieb, who brought the claim, has spent most of his four years as a City Councillor trying to persuade the Council to take a different approach to the development of Silver Hill.

The campaign has gathered momentum among Winchester residents

The Winchester Deserves Better campaign was formed by Cllr Gottlieb and his Winchester-born wife, Nicky, in June 2014 and it has rapidly gathered momentum among Winchester residents. Their concern is that the scale, nature and design of the proposal, promoted by the Council, would ruin the historic character of the city and devastate the High Street.

The Council's full statement can be read here.