Goldhawk Road development that was opposed so vociferously by residents and halted by the Government in order to be reviewed has been allowed to go ahead.
Regular readers will recall that this development, which will reshape the face of this part of the Goldhawk Road with new flats, has already resulted in the loss of around 200 local jobs with the departure of Innocent Drinks and involved a high profile local campaign headed by John Humphrys among others. The decision was pushed through at this bizarre meeting, which was like something out of Stalin's Russia.
Visited by Labour figures during the general election campaign the residents themselves used the election as a campaigning tool, and I would venture to say that the way in which they were simply dismissed by the Council was a big factor in Top Tory candidate Shaun Bailey failing to win his seat in Parliament.
His own criticism of his fellow Tories over their handling of the scheme cut no ice with the locals who otherwise may well have done so. Their campaign was entirely funded by some neat local fundraising, including local benefit concerts to pay for their barrister.
Speaking at this summit Council leader Stephen Greenhalgh commented that there were "lessons to be learned" from the debacle - as well he might given the summit was chaired by local BBC presenter John Humphrys who'se own submission against the development had been publicly dismissd as "misinformed" at the Stalin-style meeting.
Even Pravda seems to have been chastened by the affair, reporting here that the Council has been successful but without any triumphalism. I hope this is the last example of residents being steamrollered by this Council, but given their wide ranging plans to redevelop large parts of the Bush I suspect it won't be.