Bablake School Judicial Review finds in favour of residents action group assisted by EAS

EAS director, Paul Silcock, recently provided highways expert advice on behalf of the Birmingham High Court at the nine day judicial review into the Coventry School Foundation’s bid to build a new 400 pupil Bablake primary school on its sports fields in Coundon, Coventry.   Paul worked with the Law Partnership Solicitors LLP and Mike O’Brien QC, the former government minister and MP for North Warwickshire.  Mike O’Brien said “As an expert witness Paul Silcock gave crucial evidence in this case in a way that clearly influenced the outcome. He was a strong and reliable witness.”

The case centred on the traffic impact associated with the proposed new school.  Although the school had been granted planning permission by Coventry Borough Council, local residents benefited from a restrictive covenant, preventing development of the sports fields if it would adversely impact upon them.  The residents action group brought Paul Silcock in as a highway’s expert witness to help advise the High Court on parking and traffic issues.  Following the nine day review, the judge, His Honour Simon Barker QC, decided in the residents’ favour and in the course of his judgement said “In my judgment, Mr Silcock’s evidence provides the more reliable guidance for the court on traffic and parking management.”