The Planning Committee rejected the recommendations of the 'officer class' and stood shoulder to shoulder with residents.
The applicant, a Canadian billionaire, David Graham, was well aware that his plans would have created noise and disruption but didn't seem to give a damn.
Such men are difficult to understand.
Graham is in his late '70's, lives alone and spends very little time in his massive 9,000 square foot mansion.
So why would he wish to inflict months of noise, dust and danger on his neighbours digging out a few more thousand square feet?
God only knows!
Graham will, no doubt, come back again; it's the nature of the type: they just cannot bear to lose.
But well done the Committee. You did the right thing.....