A decision on the Public Inquiry into the Springfield Hospital development is due tomorrow, more than 6 months after the Inquiry finished.
Over 4000 local residents opposed a planning application by Springfield Hospital to build over 850 new homes on the site, leading to the loss of some Metropolitan land on the site, the popular Central London Golf Centre, and placing huge pressure on local transport, highways and public amenities.
The application was refused by Wandsworth Council, following a huge campaign by Sadiq Khan MP, local councillors and residents, but the refusal decision was appealed by the Hospital Trust management, leading to an 8 day Public Inquiry in November 2011 which Sadiq gave evidence at on behalf of local residents.
A report was then compiled by the Planning Inspector leading the Inquiry, and passed to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, to make a final decision on whether or not to grant the application planning permission.
Residents have had to wait over 6 months for the result, after the original decision date was postponed to avoid influencing the result of the London Mayoral and Assembly elections in May.