South Downs withdraws legal challenge to Highways England's A27 Arundel decision

A legal challenge to the process of selecting improvements to the A27 at Arundel has been withdrawn by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA).
The A27 Crossbush junctionThe A27 Crossbush junction
The A27 Crossbush junction

Back in May the SDNPA agreed to commence proceedings for a judicial review to challenge Highways England’s decision to select a modified version of option 5a as the preferred route for the A27 Arundel scheme.

The authority argued Highways England had not followed the correct procedure in its consultation, which has to set out to the same level of detail for all of the options inside and outside the national park.

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But last month the agency announced it will be holding a new public consultation in the spring as ‘important new information’ about each of the options had become available.

The South Downs says it has been informed by Highways England it will publish information on all route options for proposals for a bypass and this will include its analysis of all five route options inside and outside the national park.

Since the consultation will give the public and stakeholders the opportunity to comment on any detrimental effects for all the routes, it has decided to withdraw its legal challenge.

Margaret Paren, chair of the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “We are pleased that Highways England has now agreed to re-consult on options for the A27 bypass at Arundel.

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“People should have the right to make informed comment based on all the information available and taking into account the national park, including new evidence that Highways England will be tabling in the spring.

“Since this answers the reasons why the national park authority was pursuing a judicial review, this will now be withdrawn and I am pleased that Highways England are paying all of SDNPA’s legal fees incurred in bringing this challenge.”