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A project to transform Leicester’s Jubilee Square car park into gardens and open space is being challenged by an environmental consultant in court.

Attual Rai Chand has requested an appeal for judicial review of the Jubilee Square project, saying the design has ‘no imagination’.

He added: “I wanted to be amazed by this but that is not what has happened. There is no imagination in this design and I think people are let down by this.”

The £4m development which is to be a celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the role Leicester played will include green space for events and festivals, pedestrian area and a statue.

It could also accommodate a ferris wheel or ice-rink at Christmas time.

Leicester City Council said the appeal will not delay the progress of the project, which was originally expected to take eight months to complete.

Businesses and residents have already been approached by the City Council over the plans.

A total of 163 letters of objection were submitted during the consultation period over worries from local businesses who said a loss of parking space would affect traffic and trade in the city centre.

Mr Chand said: “The council’s consultation has not been as thorough as I would have expected – it hasn’t engaged me or other people.”

When asked about the review of the project, Leicester Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “Preparatory work has begun and, as far as I am concerned, it will continue as normal.”