M&S launches challenge against government rejection of Marble Arch overhaul

Exterior of Marks & Spencer Marble Arch store by night

Marks & Spencer is launching a legal challenge against a government decision to reject plans for the redevelopment of its flagship Marble Arch store.

In an announcement, the retailer said it believes that Michael Gove, the secretary of state for levelling up, housing and communities, “wrongly interpreted and applied planning policy” to justify the rejection.

The announcement comes after Gove rejected the store overhaul proposal, claiming that the public benefits of M&S’ plans were outweighed by the potential harm to the heritage of the area and sustainability concerns.

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