|Nicky Gavron AM spotlights Boris' misleading|
Hammersmith Town Hall intervention that could see
the dreaded scheme back this May
What actually happened was following private discussions between London's Conservative Mayor and H&F’s Conservative Administration it was agreed that it would be best if their preferred developer “withdrew” the application. This happened to allow H&F Conservatives and their developer to retain a “live” application that can be re-presented to the Mayor after the May elections.
Nicky Gavron AM (Lab) was one of the GLA members sitting on the stage taking questions and is one of
’s leading housing and planning experts. Clearly astonished at the Mayor’s manipulation of the facts Ms. Gavron has penned this piece on her website: London
“The Mayor was happy to take applause from local residents for ‘shelving’ the
redevelopment scheme. But as I pointed out, you have to ask yourself why the Mayor didn’t refuse the application? King Street/Hammersmith Town Hall
The application that came to him was Stage II, the point at which you either agree with the council or direct refusal for the project – the Mayor has done neither. Last night the give away was that he said he couldn’t talk about the project because the planning application was live. The Mayor has kicked the project into touch so it can be thrown back in later.”
So is it possible Mr. Johnson chose not to refuse the Town Hall development because it would upset his Conservative friends and colleagues running Hammersmith and Fulham Council? And is it possible that he also chose not to approve it because he thought that would lose him tens of thousands of votes in this part of south west London during an election period? The answer to both questions is yes. Which explains why he's gone for the cynical option of booting his planning decision onto a patch of less sticky political ground situated after the May elections. Sadly, this political strategy appears to have worked as many people have been thoroughly taken in and incorrectly think he's blocked the scheme. He clearly hasn't and for those that listened carefully to the language he used when the public quizzed him on the matter he actually said as much last Wednesday night.