Midsomer Murders Star Backs 'Empire House' Challenge
Neil Dudgeon supports campaign to appeal against High Road development
Midsomer Murders’ star, Neil Dudgeon has backed the campaign against the Empire House/Essex place development, which is now fundraising for an appeal against a High Court ruling.
Chiswick resident Neil, (53), who plays DCI John Barnaby in the series says,"I am entirely against the proposed development of Empire House. It is out of keeping with its surroundings and will in no way benefit the local area, only the developers and their investors who care nothing for the people of Chiswick.
The legal appeal by Simon Kverndal, a local resident and QC, against the development by Lend Lease of 4 high rise blocks on Chiswick High Road, continues, and a campaign has been launched to raise £20,000 for legal fees.
At the Judicial Review on 28 October the Court found against the challenge, but the local community has decided to fight on against what they see as a planning injustice.
They feel that if this" manifestly inappropriate" development is allowed to go ahead, the floodgates will be opened. However, resorting to legal challenges does not come cheap. £20,000 was swiftly raised for the first legal round; now an equivalent sum is once more needed.