Campaigners are “stunned” their judicial review against Cycle Enfield was rejected.

Save Our Green Lanes (SOGL) brought court action against Enfield Council over the £42million cycle lanes plans, saying the consultation for the A105 branch of the scheme through Green Lanes and Palmers Green was flawed.

The group claimed the air quality would be worsened and the impact on shops is likely to be negligible or even negative.

However, on Wednesday, August 10 the High Court dismissed the case and ordered SOGL to pay the council’s costs.

Mr Justice Ouseley disagreed with the group’s view that Enfield Council’s assertion the scheme would lead to a “better Enfield for everyone” was “unfair” in a hearing lasting several hours.

Costas Georgiou, one of the leaders of SOGL, said they had provided witness statements from people denied access to a paper copy and who said council failed to provide accessible consultation materials, but the judge accepted the council's claims documents had been provided to people who needed them.

Mr Georgiou said: “The judge did not even mention these issues during the hearing, and chose instead during his summing up to just read from the report to the cabinet – a report whose lack of accuracy has been the subject of a formal complaint to the council which remains unresolved.”

He said the group would appeal the decision.

Cllr Daniel Anderson, cabinet member for environment, said: “We’re obviously delighted that the judge has vindicated our approach to consultation.

"We have consistently gone above and beyond the minimum statutory requirement that was promised in the original bid and ensured that the community has been able to comment and contribute towards the development of these plans. This is clear to see in the changes we have made as a direct result of our consultation process.

“We have adopted the same approach to the consultation process for each of the major Cycle Enfield schemes and we’ll continue to work with transparency and fairness.”