20th Feb 2017

Judicial Review Lodged Against Corinthian Application

Fundraising for Corinthian Application Judicial Reviews

Please support us financially with our legal challenges to the Corinthian Application by sending a cheque to the Kent Environment & Community Network (KECN) to Netherbury, Meadow Close, Bridge, Kent CT4 5AT or by paying KECN by BACS Account number 65457863, Sort Code 089299[1].


As you will now know, judicial review proceedings were lodged in the High Court of February 8th 2017 by Emily Shirley and Michael Rundell, concerning the failure of the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, of not calling-in the Corinthian application, on air pollution grounds.

The aim is to raise around £25,000 to cover this legal challenge and a second judicial review to the Corinthian Planning Decision by Canterbury City Council, once and if, it is issued. The monies raised are needed to cover all legal costs. Robert McCracken QC is representing us for a cut-rate price because he cares about Canterbury. It was he who fought and won the Canterbury College relocation back in 2000. We believe in a sustainable Canterbury and we want to see planning proposals which deliver a safer, healthier and better future for everyone.

The Secretary of State is responsible for compliance with air pollution law. Canterbury has been in breach of the law since 2010.100 people die annually in Canterbury because of air pollution. The Corinthian Application will make matters worse by adding around 28,000 extra vehicular journeys daily to Canterbury’s congested roads. We want to have an up to date Air Quality Action Plan for the Canterbury District that will reduce air pollution in line with the law. This is one of the results we hope to achieve through these legal actions.

Please do consider holding a fundraising event in your area to help us raise the funds needed. We also will need help with leafletting.


Thank you and we hope you can help in some way.


Yours sincerely

Emily Shirley  & Michael Rundell


[1] The Kent Environment & Community Network was set up in 2008 to help achieve environmental justice in Kent. It became a Company Limited by Guarantee in 2011. The accounts are submitted to Company House every year.