NEW Forest TV presenter Chris Packham is awaiting the latest result in his “David versus Goliath” battle to halt the HS2 rail project.
The environmental campaigner, who has a house near Marchwood, and his lawyers went back before the High Court last week to argue he should be allowed to appeal against a decision in April which allowed work to clear ancient woodlands to continue.
Mr Packham is now seeking to take his case to the Court of Appeal, adding: “This might be David against Goliath but I am not giving up after just one slingshot.”
HS2 is a controversial rail project to provide high-speed train routes linking London to cities including Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
It has been hailed as a way of boosting jobs and UK infrastructure and has been given the go-ahead by the government.
Mr Packham, supported by the RSPB and the Woodlands Trust, claimed the clearance work will destroy ancient woodlands which are irreplaceable habitats for many species.
He also argues the decision to allow HS2 to proceed was unlawful because it was made on the basis of incorrect findings and recommendations of the Oakervee Review.
Leigh Day, the law firm spearheading his bid, said a decision on their latest challenge was due in the “next few weeks”.