A legal challenge is being launched against plans to build the garden bridge over the Thames.

The pedestrian bridge, championed by actress Joanna Lumley, would link the South Bank and the Temple in Westminster.

Now a local resident is claiming the London borough of Lambeth unlawfully granted planning permission for the £175m bridge.

Michael Ball, from Tulse Hill in south London, told the Guardian impact would be devastating and some of the best views of the City and St Paul’s Cathedral would be compromised. He said it would also be bad for visitors to the South Bank with “football match-sized crowds” blocking the river walk to the point where it becomes dangerous.

Lawyers for Mr Ball are arguing that Lambeth council failed to comply with its duty to protect the historic settings of listed buildings and that there are doubts over funding.

The London Garden Bridge Trust says the project will greatly benefit London, linking cultural centres and tourist attractions on both banks of the river. They say it will also create new routes that avoid busy roads, allowing safer walking and improve pedestrian safety, while providing a new attraction for tourists.

Story dated February 17th 2015.