The big local news today is that the London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has called in the Southall gasworks development. Under new powers he is able to overturn local planning decisions which have a wider impact. He has done this once already this year at the Columbus Tower in Canary Wharf.
In many ways this is a very exciting project. It puts 3,750 homes on derelict land right on top of Southall station which will become a Crossrail station. Obviously people worry that an already busy area will become way too crowded.
Local MP Virendra Sharma will be hopping mad. Here’s what he had to say about Ealing planning committee’s decision to refuse.