The legal challenge against Dixon Jones’ £25 million Exhibition Road scheme has been “put on ice”.
Charity Guide Dogs, which was leading a campaign against the shared surface proposals, which do away with traditional kerbs and expect pedestrians and drivers to use the same space, has made peace with Kensington & Chelsea Council.
The charity has agreed to work with the council on research into whether corduroy paving - which is being used as a tactile divider between pedestrian and traffic zones - is indeed safe for the visually impaired.
The council has pledged that if the trials show the tactile paving does not help visually impaired pedestrians keep away from traffic zones, it will redesign the scheme.
In the meanwhile Guide Dogs will put the Judicial Review proceedings it had launched in an attempt to scupper the scheme on hold.
Richard Leaman, chief executive of Guide Dogs, said: “Legal action was not something that Guide Dogs entered into lightly and we look forward to working with … [the council] … to deliver our shared goal of making Exhibition Road fully inclusive.”
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