More legal problems for Hammersmith & Fulham

The council is now facing a second legal challenge over the status of its Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs).  The tenants and residents of the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates are seeking judicial review of the decisions by LBHF and RBKC to adopt a SPD to pave the way for the controversial Earls Court revelopment.  See for more details here.

The issues involved are similar to those on which the Goldhawk Road shopkeepers recently won their High Court case against Hammersmith & Fulham.

Meanwhile, we have asked the council when the public can expect to see the revised version of the White City Opportunity Area Planning Framework.  Publication of this document (also a SPD) has been delayed since last autumn and was expected in July 2012.  The council could not give us a publication date.

Nor are we getting an answer to the questions of when the Imperial West phase 2 application will be decided.  There are now three Planning Application Committees scheduled for July, on the 10th, 25th and 30th.  Will the application be on the agenda for any of these meetings?  We have to wait to see.  If it appears next week, for the July 10th meeting, look out for more news here.


Imperial West decision deferred again

We heard today that the LBHF Planning Applications Committee will not be considering Imperial’s application on June 13th.  It has been deferred (for a second time) and the earliest possible date is the next committee on July 10th.

The reason for further delay (we have been assured) is that the planning case officer has had to take leave unexpectedly.   We had been half expecting a further delay, given that the council may well be redrafting the committee report in the light of last week’s High Court judgment (see post below).