In the last couple of weeks members of the Planning Applications Committee have turned down a number of basement applications-to the joy of residents.
And a few days ago Cadogan's application to redevelop the Chelsea Cinema and adjoining Trafalgar House pub was kicked into touch.
No wonder residents were in a self congratulatory mood.
Sadly, the The Dame thinks that residents have been counting their chickens.
None of these decisions are any form of reliable indicator of what the future might hold.
Councillors have made a show of standing up to Mr Bore and team, but the truth is this....'yes, there will be a temporary moratorium on big basements but, in the end, a council aligned to the interests of 'big money' developers will throw a few scraps to residents and carry on as before.'
As one planning expert and senior member of a highly regarded local resident association said, "our victory over Cadogan was Pyrrhic: they will come back and win on appeal"
No wonder Mr Bore could afford to be so patronising and condescending at the meeting!
If residents really want change they need to get some muscle and that means putting up their own candidates.... if unhappy with their politically sponsored councillor.