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Thursday, 22 November 2012


The Dame is an old fashioned thing: some say she stands on ceremony: not true ....but she just likes a bit of old fashioned decorum when it comes to public servants and ‘quick’ Jo'burg property boys…..

The other night Capco got permission from the Rotten Borough to destroy the iconic Earls Court Exhibition Centre (Dame, did not Pooter once commandeer the Mayoral Bentley to pay homage to the boss of Capco?)

According to residents present an odd scene took place. 

When the result was announced a member of the RBK&C Planning Team was treated to a show of affection/admiration by DP9-a planning consultancy retained by Capco. 
The residents present were not just upset a decision had been  taken which would disrupt their lives, but also at the seeming closeness between the RBKC planning officer and what was, in effect, the Capco team.

Now the Dame is even handed so she reports two sides of the story.

Mr Bore, the Director of Planning denies that nothing more happened than.....
"A number of people, including (council?) members, some people in the audience and someone from DP9, came up to her to thank her for her presentation and hard work, but absolutely no one from CAPCO did so".

This is denied by furious residents who have written to their councillors complaining that...
"Planning officer, Alison Flight was seen hugging and kissing members of the Capco team, showing her unreserved delight at their victory”

Who is correct in their perception of events….Mr Bore or the two residents who made the complaint?

Mr Bore admits that a member of the DP9 team did come up to Miss Flight-but no one from Capco. 
Slightly misleading.... DP9  ARE the Capco team. It was insensitive of DP9 to behave as they did and inappropriate for Miss Flight to be so seemingly friendly.

In front of a group of very upset residents DP9 should have understood that approaching a senior planning officer in this way was bound to be controversial.

This is a matter for the Local Government Ombudsman to look into......


  1. If true it confirms many suspicions about the closeness of big developers and the Rotten Borough...well done Dame

    1. If this is true, and the Dame is known for her truthfulness,is the Dame willing to finance a Judicial Review? We all know that her wealth is legendary.

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  3. Quite unacceptable. Jonathan Bore already has had to ask one planner to 'come into his office' because he was seen drinking with the applicant in a pub after a planning meeting, but this goes much further.

  4. Tracey Rust joined Bell Cornwell after an long spell at the Borough in the planning department.

  5. Likewise Andrew Patterson joined Michaelis Boyd after a career of 'advising' them and others.

  6. Council planning staff should be contractually bound so that they can upsticks and join an organisation where their insider knowledge will advantage their new employer....cooling off periods please

  7. This the kind of thing that could not happen if there was a proper Leader in Hornton Street

    The house that Cockell built

  8. Mr Bore needs to raise his game. He is a highly paid Planning Chief and needs to understand that the public conduct of his staff has to be exemplary. Private relationships between planners and developers are more difficult to control but he needs to be vigilant there too. But the kind of behaviour exposed by the dame is inexcusable

    It demonstrates what we all suspect. K&C really is a Rotten Borough

  9. Don't like the look of Fat Donny. Not at all. More like shifty Donny

  10. Dame, did you unearth a lunch "a deux" between Cockell and Gordon using an FOI?

  11. There is nothing like a DAME -

  12. Were the people mentioned in these allegations Capco associate or grateful residents? It is important to establish their identity. After the decision had been announced, what I witnessed - as did another observer known to me who expressed outrage - was a visibly delighted Miss Flight giving the thumbs-up sign (why? and to whom?) and being kissed and hugged by numerous well-wishers; unlikely, I would have thought, to be any of the hundreds of objectors agog at the curious proceedings they had just witnessed - where slides shown of buildings proposed for (Demolished) Exhibition Square were explained away as not a realistic representation of what would ultimately be built there. Utterly pertinent points from objector and some councillors were glossed over without what I consider to be proper and meaningful debate/ scrutiny. That, inter alia, the developers should be asked on the spot, and after quick discussion, could breezily agree a school be built on grounds previously earmarked for other development was astonishing. That is is the sort of scenario one expects when haggling on a garage forecourt for a discount on a £500 old banger.Many residents have expressed their unease to me about the neutrality of various key players in these matters. Would it be helpful if Mr Bore were invited to go on record stating that he and his entire staff have at all times remained totally impartial and have not acted in any way that might prejudice the outcome of this application or give any unfair advantage to any interested party? At the very least, I would suggest Miss Flight's reaction - a giddy Oscar winner springs to mind - was ill-judged and utterly inappropriate in such sensitive circumstances.

  13. The famous embrace did indeed happen. Miss Flight appeared to be plainly excited that she was able to drive it across the finish line. I can tell you that observers in the room were saying that they wished the elections were next year and not 2014, so that the elected MPC members who rolled over so shamelessly could be dealt with at the ballot box. The glib manner in which major issues were dismissed was shocking. Residents can only hope that the Judicial Review secured by Gibbs Green and West Kensington estate residents will further expose the poor process, weak planning staff, and political drivers which have dominated this whole sordid affair. Ideally, there would be an overhaul of the Planning Departments and a revisit of this monstrous scheme.

  14. And what about the Design Review Panel's report which was so damning of the scheme? Was it mentioned by the Planning department or was it conveniently buried?

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  50. Interesting FOI asking for RBKC Planning Allison Flight's correspondence between her, DP9 & CapCo.

    Supposedly they are in an irretrievable format.

    FOI refused, why RBKC? why?

    Dame, mind looking into this


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