Christ Church Cathedral free for demolition

Last updated 17:42 02/12/2013
The Christ Church Cathedral.
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DAMAGED: The Christ Church Cathedral.

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The Christ Church Cathedral is free to be demolished after a final court bid by opponents to preserve the landmark was rejected.

The Great Christchurch Buildings Trust (GCBT) had contested a Court of Appeal decision that the demolition of the earthquake-damaged landmark could go ahead.

The Supreme Court today declined that appeal.

The Court of Appeal earlier upheld a High Court decision clearing the way for demolition to continue on the Cathedral after the lawfulness of a decision to bring it down to a safe level was challenged by the GCBT.

In its decision, the Supreme Court said the circumstances giving rise to the GCBT application were of ''great general imporance to the citizens of Christchurch''.

''That importance arises from the history, function and iconic nature of the Cathedral. However, in this case nothing that has been raised on behalf of the applicant reaches the threshold of showing that the decisions of the courts below may be in error.''

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