Published Thursday, 17 April 2014
The design of the new look Casement Park. (© Ulster GAA)
The Moorehead and Owenvarragh Residents Association (MORA) have confirmed that they lodged papers on Monday in a bid to overturn the decision at the High Court in Belfast.
It comes as work on a major £76.4m redevelopment of the stadium is due to start.
The new park, which will be built on the existing Casement site, will seat 38,000 people and have a new playing surface and modern facilities including corporate resources, player facilities and warm up area, a crowd control centre and a press centre.
A contribution of £61.4m from the NI Executive through the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and GAA investment of £15m will fund the project.
When finished, the new stadium hopes to attract significant events worth up to £15m to the local economy and sustain 1,500 jobs in the construction sector.
It is hoped the stadium will be finished in time for the 2016 GAA Ulster Final, which will move from Clones in Co Monaghan.
A statement released from MORA read: "On Tuesday, 1 April 2014 the MORA residents' group gave the Department of the Environment a detailed document setting out their complaints regarding the decision to grant planning approval for a 38,000 seater stadium at the Casement Park site and asking the Department to revoke the planning permission.
"In the event that the Department did not quash the planning permission, MORA indicated its intention to apply to the High Court to request a judicial review and challenge the legality of that decision. Unfortunately, the Department did not give any meaningful response."
Members of the residents group, which was established in January 2012, are concerned about the scale and height of the new stadium, and the problems the extra traffic will cause.
The statement continued: "We have tirelessly pursued every avenue. We now have no option left but to challenge the planner's decision through the legal route.
"We acknowledge the presence of the existing sports ground but, in our judicial review application, maintain that a stadium in the range 20-25,000 is the upper limit of capacity for this site, having regard to location within a densely populated residential area, positioning, scale, mass, light and amenity and the possibility of handling related traffic."
MORA said that the judicial review application sets out a number of reasons why planning permission should be deemed unlawful, citing correspondence, research reports, meeting minutes, issues papers, policy documents and legislation.
Planning permission for the project was passed by the Department of the Environment in December.
Environment Mark H Durkan's department received around 984 objections and a petition of objection with 431 signatures.
Planners also received 254 letters in support of the plan and another petition with 1,001 signatures welcoming the development.
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