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Friends of Putney Common (@FofPC) is a community group established by
residents to prevent inappropriate development at the old Putney Hospital site
and to protect Putney Common.

Legal exchanges with WPCC and Judicial Review

3rd of May 2013

The following response to the Acknowledgement of Service documents listed below was sent to the High Court on the 2nd of May on behalf of the Claimant, Nicholas Evans.

19th of April 2013
An 'Acknowledgement of Service' has been received from Gregsons, acting for the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators.
A similar 'Acknowledgement of Service' has been received from Sharpe Pritchard acting for Wandsworth Borough Council

22nd of March 2013
Claim Form is filed with the High Court in the name of Nicholas Evans as representative of FofPC. The grounds for the action also contain a justification for any delay taken in bringing the claim to court.

Procedure will require that the Conservators as Defendants and the Wandsworth Council as an interested party will acknowledge their receipt of the claim and related papers within 21 days and also file a defence. The High Court will then consider whether the action should be considered for Judicial review. It is possible that this will take a couple of months. Assuming that the Court wishes to proceed at that point, the matter will then be scheduled for a later hearing.

19th of March 2013
Letter from Sharpe Pritchard, Solicitors representing Wandsworth Borough Council, also citing defence of 'delay'.

5th of March 2013
Full response from Gregsons to FofPC Letter Before Action (see below). In particular they cite a defence of 'delay'.

4th of March 2013
Reply from Gregsons to RB letter below.

1st of March 2013
Letter to Gregsons from Richard Buxton in response to 1st March letter below.

1st of March 2013
Letter from Gregsons asking for an extension of time to respond to LBA.

18th of February 2013
Letter before Action sent to Gregsons dated 18th of February 2013 including attachments. This is the formal start of proceedings leading to a claim for Judicial review. This file includes detailed plans demonstrating the encroachment made on to the Common since 1911 by Putney Hospital and also provides copies of the proposed plans related to the development which was quashed in the High Court on March 8th 2013.


25th of January 2013
Letter from Gregsons dated 24th of January 2013

18th of January 2013
A Note by Philp Petchey (FoPC's barrister) in reply to a letter from Gregson's, WPCC's solicitor.

11th of January 2013
Letter from Gregsons to Nick Evans of FoPC. Enclosed appendices.

7th November 2012
Philip Petchey's Advice provided to WPCC by FoPC

26th of October 2012
Letter from Gregsons with historical background

14th of September 2012
Letter from Gregsons re permission to grant rights to build roads on the common

Easement agreement signed in February 2012 by WPCC and WBC

Wimbledon and Putney Commons Act of 1871

Plan annexed to Act showing boundaries

The above provides disclosure of the recent legal exchanges between FoPC and the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators (WPCC). By clicking on the links shown you can view and download the relevant documents.

We are aware that the documents provided here are long. However they reward close attention and we hope that supporters of FoPC and its main objective of protecting the Putney Hospital site from inappropriate use will welcome that all the legal documents are being made available openly.

Please also see the FoPC Press Releases.


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