NOV 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Hippodrome To Be Demolished, Judge Rules
A High Court judge has given the
go-ahead to Coventry City Council to demolish the Hippodrome as part
of the Phoenix Initiative.
WILL BE DEMOLISHED NEXT SUMMER
The building’s owners Gala Bingo
argued that the original decision to award a Compulsory Purchase
Order following a planning inquiry had been based on incomplete
information as traffic orders relating to the scheme were not in
High Court Judge Nigel Macleod QC today threw out Gala Bingo's
challenge. He said the decision made by Deputy Prime Minister John
Prescott was meticulous, rational and well explained and he saw no
reason to rule the decision unlawful.
High Court also took the unusual decision to award all costs of the
case to the second defendant, in this case Coventry City Council and
refused Gala Bingo the right to appeal against the decision.
means that the current Gala Bingo Hall building, formerly the old
Hippodrome Theatre, will be demolished some time during next summer
to make way for the final stage of the £40m Phoenix Initiative.
development will see the creation of an open plaza called Millennium
Place, which is planned to become the focus for that part of the
will also house the newly refurbished award-winning Museum of
British Road Transport.
John Fletcher, chair of the city's Millennium Forum, said:
is tremendous news for the city. The High Court decision basically
means that we have cleared the final hurdle in delivering the
fact that we have also been awarded court costs, which is very
unusual in these types of hearing, and there is no right of appeal
are an added bonus.
can now look forward to really getting moving on delivering
something special for the people of Coventry."
Beck, Project Director for the Phoenix Initiative, said:
judge's ruling removes the only major obstacle to the completion
of the Phoenix Initiative. The High Court challenge has been a
lengthy and costly process.
has delayed the scheme by some six months and I hope we can now
get on with our work and deliver what the CPO Inspector called 'an
astonishing stroke of civic design'.
know the old Coventry Theatre and Hippodrome building holds a lot
of memories for people, but the building has deteriorated so much
over the years that it was no longer viable for it be reborn as a
theatre or performance venue."