Tooting MP Sadiq Khan has spoken out against the Secretary of State for Community and Local Government’s decision to grant planning permission to a huge development in Wandsworth that was opposed by over 4000 local residents.
The decision came after a Public Inquiry into the development was held in December of last year.
In addition to 4000 objections from local residents, the campaign against the development has secured the support of Sadiq Khan MP, local councillors, golfers Colin Montgomerie and Paul Casey, as well as the English Golf Union, the London Playing Fields Association and Sport England. 1724 golf centre users and local residents have also signed a petition objecting to the loss of the golf centre. 300 local residents attended the Planning Application Committee meeting where the hospital’s application was unanimously voted down.
Sadiq Khan MP, who supported a residents’ campaign to stop the development, said “ This is an extremely disappointing decision, and a slap in the face to thousands of local residents whose views have been disregarded by the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles.
“This government has made a promise to put planning powers in the hands of local people – but it has ignored over 4000 residents who opposed this development, the cross-party group of councillors who supported their campaign and the local authority, whose Planning Applications Committee unanimously refused to grant planning permission to this development.
“The decision to delay this announcement until after the Mayoral elections was cynical, and has infuriated residents.
“I will continue to work with local residents to ensure their views are heard as this development now progresses and the years of building work start.”
You can read the decision document in full here.