...and lo it came to pass. Shaun Bailey's campaign to become the next Conservative MP for Hammersmith took another almighty blow last night courtesy of H&F Council's infamous Planning Committee
Despite a petition of 300, and local residents opposed to the development attending the planning meeting in force (no mean feat on the first day of snow) the Committee acted true to form and approved the developer's plans.
Bulldozers will be in action soon, learning from this experience of having the decision called in by central government, the Council will want to make sure they get their rewards this time. That, presumably, was the lesson Stephen Greenhlagh was talking about at this Borough Summit when he said he regretted how the Goldhawk Block decision had been handled.
The relevance of this to the whole of Shepherd's Bush is that many of us live in conservation areas, yet our Council is illustrating what it thinks when presented with a choice between maintaining a conservation area, which is the reason why many people moved here, and the profits offered by developers. Even when it is manifestly opposed by the vast majority of existing residents. And that is a concern to us all.
Will Shaun Bailey be attacking this decision by the Council as he did here? We shall see. Andy Slaughter MP has yet to comment.