Boris, the ball is in your court

The decision of Hammersmith and Fulham Council on the Imperial West scheme remains subject to ‘no contrary direction’ by the Mayor of London.  Because of the scale and height of the proposed development, the planning application has to be agreed by Boris as well as the Borough.

Back in March (and before the London Mayoral elections) the GLA planners reviewed the proposals, and Boris specifically asked that the height of the tower be looked at again.  Imperial tweaked the design of the top of the tower and re-oriented it on the site.  But there was no reduction in height.

Now safely back for another term at County Hall, Boris may be less influenced than in March by public objections to the scheme.  But local residents are continuing to email to say they think this gross overdevelopment of the site should not proceed.

Other things have also changed since the GLA last looked at the proposals, and not least the current legal challenges to the way in which Hammersmith & Fulham has been using Supplementary Planning Documents to pave the way for the more extreme planning proposals in the borough. GLA planners will find it harder this time round to rely on the infamous 2011 draft White City Opportunity Area Planning Framework, to justify letting through the Imperial West project.

See our SHRA letter to GLA 27 July 2012 for more details.  The GLA risk joining LBHF as co defendants to a Judicial Review application, if the Mayor does not intervene over this planning application.  The two bodies are already co-defendants on the legal challenge to the Earls Court scheme, following the success in the High Court of the shopkeepers of Goldhawk Road.