R v SS, ex parte Rose Theatre [1990]

Trust
company formed for purpose of preserving remains of Rose Theatre in London.
Secretary
of State refused to list as an ancient monument.
Company
applied for JR.
Schiemann
J refused standing to trust company.
Accepted
that direct financial or legal interest not necessary for applicant to have
standing.
But
might be certain types of governmental action which no-one could challenge.
Person
could not acquire sufficient interest by writing to Secretary of State on
matter, or receiving reply.
Nor
could number of individuals without standing acquire it by getting together to
form company.
[This
is only major case that throws doubt on commitment of courts to public interest
actions.]