Ally Pally faces legal challenge

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The redevelopment of Alexandra Palace faces a fresh challenge after law firm Harrison Grant agreed to act for objectors seeking a judicial review of a decision by the Charity Commission paving the way for the redevelopment.

Harrison Grant is advising the SaveAllyPally objectors, led by North London resident Jacob O’Callaghan, on a pro bono basis under the Environmental Law Foundations’ Scheme.

It is asking for a review of the Charity Commission’s decision to allow the disposal of Alexandra Palace on a 125-year lease to the Firoka Group founded by Firoz Kassam, former chairman of Oxford United Football Club. Firoka Group was selected as preferred investment partner in January 2006. It plans a £55m redevelopment of the historic venue.

Kate Harrison, a partner at Harrison Grant, said: ‘The Charity Commission's so-called consultation was a sham, because they refused to divulge any details of the deal the consultation was about.’

Firoka’s lease is conditional on there being no judicial review of the Commission’s Order before completion.

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