A High Court challenge to have an approved Brick by Brick development overturned has been squashed.

Earlier this year, South Norwood woman Alex Toogood set up a Crowdjustice page to fund legal costs with the aim to fight Croydon Council's decision to approve a three-storey block of 12 flats in Avenue Road.

She claimed that the development would be "overbearing" and block light into her garden and home in Warminster Road.

It was also alleged that the decision to approve the development, by five members to four, was undermined by the relationship between BxB as the applicant, the council and the chairman of the planning committee creating the appearance of bias.

The initial application, on June 21, was refused on paper by Mr Justice Holgate, which was then challenged.

But on July 24, a second High Court judge, Mr Justice Ouseley, upheld the initial decision and dismissed the case.

Mr Justice Ouseley confirmed there was nothing, in principle, unlawful in BxB being owned and funded by Croydon Council to bring forward sites for residential development, particularly affordable homes.

Councillor for Woodside and chairman of the planning committee, Paul Scott, took to Twitter to celebrate the ruling.

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"Delighted but not surprised that the courts have resoundingly kicked out the judicial review claiming a perception of bias in planning decisions made in Croydon on Brick by Brick applications," he wrote.

"Two judges now have thrown the case out condemning its lack of credibility."

It was also confirmed that there was nothing unlawful in council members being in favour of the activities of BxB. Any claims in relation to bias in the decision-making process as a result of personal relationships between councillors were dismissed.