Tuesday, 12 January 2010

*Mayor's year of controversial planning decisions

Four of the Boris Johnson's most controversial planning decisions are
in the running for the coveted 2010 "worst planning decision" award. Darren Johnson makes the award each year for the planning decision he considers to be the most damaging, in parallel to the Mayor's London Planning Awards.

The trophy is an inscribed breeze-block.

This year's shortlist for the prize (together with Darren's comments)

London City Airport, Newham:
Doubling the number of flights will mean huge increases in noise for residents and increasing carbon emissions from a Mayor who claims to lead the fight against climate change.

Brent Cross Cricklewood, Barnet:
By waving through a development that will create a surge in traffic and air pollution, the Mayor has undermined city-wide efforts to improve air quality, and has done nothing to help severely affected centres in neighbouring boroughs.

Columbus Tower, Tower Hamlets:
The Mayor intervened to help this 63 storey tower go ahead on the edge of Canary Wharf against the local council's wishes, apparently because Crossrail money was at stake.

Ferrier Estate, Greenwich:
The Mayor gave no objections to this regeneration project, which will slash the number of social rented homes from 1,730 to 730 in a London borough with 13,486 households on its waiting list.

Darren Johnson commented:
"The Mayor's second year in charge of London's biggest planning decisions has revealed his true priorities. Despite all his talk about sweetening the air and making London pleasant, he is waving through developments that will increase noise and pollution. The Mayor has overruled a local council for Crossrail money, but has shown little leadership in stemming the loss of affordable housing and the probable growth in congestion."

The Winner of the 2010 Worst Planning Decision Award will be announced in March this year, the day before the Mayor hosts the London Planning Awards in City Hall.

1 comment:

Alan said...

Columbus Tower is right smack bang in the middle of the London City Airport flight path. So the highest tower in the United Kingdom is to be built in a flight path on the whim of a mayor who wants Crossrail cash. The potential disaster does not bear thinking about.