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Had Mr Stallwood not done so he would have played straight into the hands of the opportunists and speculators who run Affinity Sutton.
As one campaigner aptly put it, "Significantly, our planners have shown respect for Chelsea's heritage by rejecting mediocre plans by a third rate architect"
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The question the Dame is keen to know the answer to is this. Have RBKC at last broken ranks with other London councils who seem to be in the pockets of foreign speculators?
If so, we should be proud that our council is at last thinking of what's best for residents, not greedy offshore developers.
You can read the background to the recommendation to the Committee HERE
It is recommended the Committee refuses planning permission (subject to receiving any Direction to the contrary from the Mayor of London) for the following summarised reasons (the full reasons are identified in Section 11 of this report):
- The proposal fails to demonstrate that the maximum amount of affordable housing is being provided and the proposals would result in a net loss of social rented floorspace
- The proposals are of insufficient high design quality and would not positively contribute to the surrounding townscape
- There are no agreed s106 obligations to secure affordable housing and appropriate infrastructure required to make the development acceptable