|Residents Accuse Council's Planning Committee Of 'Garden Grabbing'|
Fight continues after last week's decision to build 8 new homes
After losing a 16-year battle, furious residents are continuing to put pressure on Ealing Council's planning committee to reverse the decision to allow a leafy plot bordering Springfield Park to be replaced by 8 new family homes.
Led by Victor Mishiku of The Covenant Movement, residents say the council ignored a petition of 320 local residents and organisations including St. Vincent's School parents, that urged the planners to oppose the application put forward by Landbilt, Ltd.
Since last week's decision, local residents have written letters of complaint to the Council's planners, to local MPs and to local press, accusing the Council of 'garden grabbing' and 'nepotism'. They say the plans set the homes too close to the street, destroy old trees, and rid the community of essential green space in the form of the the long garden of Trevenna Cottage which will be demolished as part of the plan.
A spokesperson from Ealing Council told ActonW3.com that changes to PPS3 "are intended to assist local authorities and communities to take the decisions about garden development that are best for their area. These changes were brought to the attention of Planning Committee in the officer’s report which confirmed that the changes do not preclude the development of former garden space but do give the Council greater power to determine what is appropriate in their own area."
The development application was passed by a vote of 5-4.
Ealing Council was adamant that the vote was taken with due consideration. In a written statement, the Council said "The accusations of nepotism that the planning committee somehow engineered a favourable decision for this application are ones that we take very seriously. We encourage anyone in possession of any evidence to support such a claim to make a formal complaint so it can be investigated properly."
3 March 2011