Boris Johnson has called in the Southall Gasworks scheme refused by Ealing Council.
This is only the second tie the Mayor has used his new-ish planning powers, the first being the Columbus Tower development in Tower Hamlets, which he approved despite local refusal.
The proposals for the site, which include the construction of up to 3750 new homes, a retail village and leisure facilities, had been refused by Ealing Council, and opposed by Hillingdon Council, who have an interest in the scheme because of its proximity to Hayes, and because it would link to the Hayes by pass, which is in Hillingdon.
Ealing refused National Grid’s application in early November. Both councils cited the increase in traffic and congestion and the potential threat posed by the plans to local ecology as grounds for refusal.
The Mayor has ‘called in’ the plans, and believes that the prospect of the area’s regeneration, coupled with the provision of affordable housing and the strategic benefits of the plans for London as a whole warrant careful consideration.
The Mayor said: Failure to develop this key brownfield site could be detrimental to the future economic prosperity of west London, which is an important driver for the capitals entire economy. I therefore believe it is right that I scrutinise this application in greater detail.