Queens Park Rangers are a sleeping giant of London football. Long memories are needed to recall their last major success, in the 1967 League Cup final, or their 2nd place finish in the old First Division in the 1975-76 season. But the club has big ambitions for the future. Part of the process of fulfilling these ambitions is a new state-of-the-art training centre at a site known as Warren Farm in Southall, in the area of Ealing London Borough Council. Ranged against the club is a small group of determined objectors known collectively as Hanwell Community Forum. They have so far brought judicial review proceedings to challenge the development agreement between club and Council, judicial review proceedings to challenge the planning permission for the training centre and applied for two public footpaths across the middle of Warren Farm to be added to the definitive map. The Appeal Decisions in relation to the footpath applications have just been issued, with success for QPR and the Council. The next big match is the Court of Appeal hearing in December, concerning the judicial review challenge to the planning permission.
Stephen Whale represented QPR at the footpath inquiry, and will represent the Council in the Court of Appeal.
Reuben Taylor QC will represent QPR in the Court of Appeal.