But the worm turned: last night the Committee kicked out these two ugly, money grubbing schemes.
The Kensington Society, on behalf of residents, put up a forensically driven objection of such persuasiveness the Committee had to take notice and do the right thing.
Congratulations to the Kensington Society, and all those who made their voices heard.
And congratulations to the Planning Committee for listening.
When the Candy's and Ritblat's-between them worth billions- decide they want something the results are predictable....
The planning committee, usually led by the nose by soon to retire planning chief, Jonathan Bore, generally grovel at the feet of super rich developers.
We will doubtless see an example on Tuesday, 13 January.
This is when the planning committee consider an application by the Candy boys to knock down Dukes Lodge, a charming pre-war mansion block in Holland Park.
There will be less flats but a 40% increase in developed space.
In order to do all this the facade will be nearly doubled to
Now here's the interesting bit....to get Mr Bore slavering in anticipation the Candy boys have offered the Council £12 million as part of a sweetened deal to obtain planning permission.
The Council will meet to decide on Tuesday, 13 January at 6.30pm at the Town Hall.
If you cannot make it please write to these councillors and make him/her understand that you object strongly.
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Residents need to be there to show their intense opposition- not just to this unwanted, money driven development, but that planned by Jamie Ritblat for the Odeon in Kensington High St and Earls Court Road.
This proposal is totally contrary to planning policy, including the hard won basement policy, loss of housing, harm to Holland Park Conservation area and development of virgin urban land.
It is not enough to leave protest to the Kensington Society; residents need to vent their anger by being there-so please be there, even if you get there a little later than 6.30pm.
We need to show we care.....
Little by little the Royal Borough is being despoiled by greedy developers building to satisfy dodgy offshore investors whose money comes from countries you would not want your gap year children sending postcards from.....
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