|Boris 'Set to Overrule' Rejection of High Street Development|
Campaigner believes Mayor has 'called' in scheme to give it the green light
Boris Johnson has written to the planning officer overseeing the application for a major development on Putney High Street informing her that he intends to make the decision on the matter himself.
John Horrocks, the former chair and current Open Spaces Panel Convenor of the Putney Society, believes that the wording of the letter gives a strong indication that the Mayor intends to overrule the decision of the Wandsworth Borough Council Planning Applications Committee (PAC) to reject the scheme.
British Land's plans for 56-70 Putney High Street were unanimously rejected last month.
The report recommended that the mayor intervened to take over the determination of the application under Article 7 of the Mayor of London Order 2008 because the scheme 'has a significant impact on the implementation of the London Plan; has a significant affect on more than one borough; and, there are sound planning reasons for the Mayor to intervene'.
A British Land spokesman said, 'We welcome the Mayor’s decision to call in the application for his determination. If the Mayor approves the application, we believe that the scheme would bring extensive benefits to Putney High Street.'
John Horrocks said on the Putney forum, 'The councillors on the committee were all agreed that the scheme was wholly inappropriate for this key site in Putney High Street. They gave many reasons for their views - they could be boiled down into "the building would be an ugly monster"!'