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LIVERPOOL WOMAN FAILS TO WIN RENOVATION GRANT IN HIGH COURT

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A Liverpool woman whose home faces demolition by the City Council has failed to persuade London's High Court that s...
A Liverpool woman whose home faces demolition by the City Council has failed to persuade London's High Court that she should be given a renovation grant instead.

Mr Justice Harrison's ruling today frees the City Council to demolish Pauline Denny's home, in Gainsborough Road.

Mrs Denny had challenged the council's Housing Committee's refusal on March 5 to give her a grant for the renovation of the property where she has lived for 20 years.

Instead the committee referred the matter to the council's EnvironmentDirector 'for consideration of a demolition order,' said the judge.

The making of a demolition order had been stayed pending the outcome of Mrs Denny's application to the High Court.

Mr Justice Harrison rejected Mrs Denny's claim the Housing Committee had failed to consider the views of herself and her professional advisors before refusing the renovation grant.

The judge said Mrs Denny had had 'ample opportunity' to submit her views to the committee when it gave her 'a preliminary indication that it was minded to refuse her application' in October last year.

He said building surveyors from the council had inspected her home after she had made inquiries about obtaining a renovation grant in August 1991. The surveyors concluded that renovation would require the demolition and rebuilding of the front and rear walls and the replacement of the roof, the judge said.

'In the circumstances the local authority refused on the grounds that renovation was not a satisfactory course of action as it would involve the demolition of a large part of the house.'

'I don't think it can be properly argued that the City Council had failed to have regard to any relevant matters and I would refuse this application,' the judge said. He refused to open the way for a full Judicial Review of Mrs Denny's case.

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