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Topic: Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development
Posted by: Paul Corcoran
Date/Time: 23/11/14 09:01:00

Of course the developer aims to maximise profits - and I don't believe there is anything wrong with that as long as they are within the law. You are right in saying that the Council has a responsibility to enforce the regulations but often there are grey areas and I suspect an over-stretched planning team would prefer to steer clear of them. The developers know the law and probably believe they always stay within it, even though they may be testing its limits.

It is therefore down to residents and residents' groups to present a case against any given development. The one thing we all should have learnt by now from Adam Beamish's contributions on this forum is that planning is not a popularity contest. It doesn't matter how many people object to a plan, if there are no legal grounds for objection then it will go ahead.

I am not certain that Lend Lease's duplicity about way they presented views of the scheme amounts to a breach of the law. It is a well known problem that developers will always avoid showing pictures of the most controversial views of a scheme. Jonathan's idea about virtual models is a good one. CABE has suggested that for larger schemes independent architects be commissioned to present views of the impact of new buildings as part of the planning process but, up to now, the developers can get away with showing you carefully selected ones.

They do have a statutory obligation to consult with and inform the local community. The could potentially be a more interesting area for opponents to pursue. If they haven't done this properly then at least the project could be delayed.  Did holding a couple of public information meetings which seem to have been publicised by putting out an A board on Chiswick High Road meet their legal obligations? Can any planning application in Chiswick said to be valid given that Chiswick doesn't really have a local newspaper and notice of applications are supposed to be published in one?

Empire House/Essex Place is likely to be the first of many similar battles. These are going to take place with a Council which is now avowedly pro-development so a sympathetic reading of any plans is likely from the planning department.

The same skills that many people in Chiswick have developed in fighting PCNs need to be brought into play in this higher stakes game. If enough possible technical breaches of planning law can be found including de minimis ones then maybe when a case goes to appeal there will be a better chance of a positive outcome.

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Empire House Development17/11/14 18:18:00 Julian Pavey
   Re:Empire House Development17/11/14 18:18:00 Julian Pavey
      Re:Re:Empire House Development17/11/14 18:23:00 Gordon McDonald
         Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development17/11/14 18:37:00 Julian Pavey
         Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development17/11/14 18:37:00 Claire Moran
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development17/11/14 18:47:00 Loraine Pemberton
         Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development17/11/14 18:45:00 Carl Wynne
      Re:Re:Empire House Development17/11/14 21:39:00 Richard Jennings
   Re:Empire House Development17/11/14 23:53:00 Thomas Barry
      Re:Re:Empire House Development17/11/14 23:57:00 Anna Marie
      Re:Re:Empire House Development18/11/14 00:08:00 Anna Marie
         Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development18/11/14 01:41:00 Karen Liebreich
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development18/11/14 06:51:00 Paul Corcoran
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development18/11/14 08:29:00 Elizabeth Ross
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development18/11/14 08:44:00 Elizabeth Ross
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development18/11/14 08:49:00 Elizabeth Ross
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development19/11/14 05:39:00 Elizabeth Ross
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development19/11/14 09:59:00 Jonathan Bingham
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development19/11/14 10:10:00 Elizabeth Ross
                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development19/11/14 11:05:00 Jonathan Bingham
                                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development19/11/14 13:58:00 Elizabeth Ross
                                       Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development19/11/14 14:12:00 Elizabeth Ross
                                          Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development19/11/14 14:20:00 Richard Greenhough
                                       Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development19/11/14 14:47:00 Claudia Jachtmann
                                          Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development19/11/14 15:31:00 Dave William
                                       Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development19/11/14 19:28:00 Carl Wynne
                                          Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development22/11/14 10:07:00 Andrew OSullivan
                                             Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development22/11/14 22:28:00 Jonathan Bingham
                                                Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development23/11/14 09:01:00 Paul Corcoran
                                                   Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development23/11/14 10:06:00 Adam Beamish
                                                      Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development23/11/14 12:33:00 Elizabeth Ross
                                                         Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development23/11/14 12:37:00 Carl Wynne
                                                            Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development23/11/14 14:37:00 Claire Moran
                                                      Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development23/11/14 15:04:00 Paul Corcoran
                                                         Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development23/11/14 16:09:00 Adam Beamish
                                                            Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development23/11/14 21:31:00 Francis Rowe
                                                               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development23/11/14 22:42:00 Adam Beamish
                                                                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development24/11/14 00:07:00 John Connelly
                                                                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Empire House Development24/11/14 01:03:00 Kathleen Healy
                                                                     The planning process24/11/14 07:59:00 John Todd
                                                                        Adam Beamish and the planning process24/11/14 08:13:00 Francis Rowe
                                                                           Re:Adam Beamish and the planning process24/11/14 10:02:00 Paul Corcoran
                                                                              What has party politics got to do with it?24/11/14 11:23:00 Jonathan Bingham
                                                                           Re:Adam Beamish and the planning process24/11/14 10:05:00 Richard Greenhough
                                                                              Re:Re:Adam Beamish and the planning process24/11/14 10:15:00 Francis Rowe
                                                                                 Re:Re:Re:Adam Beamish and the planning process24/11/14 10:53:00 Richard Greenhough
                                                                                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Adam Beamish and the planning process24/11/14 12:28:00 Adam Beamish

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