It seems that Graham Stallwood is claiming credit for getting Newcombe House called in by the Sec of State.
Odd when you think it was he that recommended the committee grant consent and that it was the Hillgate Village Resident's Association, supported by Cllr Robert Freeman, that persuaded the committee to reject the application.
Still, as one influential resident observed, "it's good news if at last Mr. Stallwood is taking the side of residents".
Dear Councillors, (copied relevant officers)
After the Mayor of London resolved to grant planning permission, you might recall I wrote to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Govt asking him to ‘call in’ the case and decide it himself and to make what is called a ’holding direction’ in the meantime to stop the Mayor granting permission.
I have found out this morning that the Sec of State issued a ‘holding direction’ on 29 November which stops the Mayor from granting permission at the moment. Don’t get your hopes up just yet – it could just be that the department is busy and hasn’t had time to look into it properly. But I thought it worth letting you know the Sec of State has at least gone so far as to be interested. The holding direction is not time limited, so it will stay in place until either the Sec of State withdraws it, or decides he wants to take over the application himself.