Boris Johnson's planners at the Greater London Authority (GLA) have scrutinised the Goodsyard plans since September and on Friday 9 April published their report, which recommends that the Mayor refuses the planning application on the grounds of 1) impact on sunlight and daylight 2) harmful impacts to listed buildings and conservation areas.
We have made this comment:
“The More Light More Power campaign for a better Goodsyard welcomes news that GLA officers recommend refusal of this brutal and damaging scheme. We are, however, alarmed to read in their report how the standards required of this development continue to be negotiated down, particularly in respect of affordable housing, heritage issues and the unacceptable impacts on the loss of daylight and sunlight to hundreds of surrounding properties. Developments of this scale that have such a significant impact on their surrounding environment should be designed to the highest standards, not the lowest, so while we welcome the officers' recommendation we are aware that such negotiations continue and remain wary of the final outcome.
Two borough councils, two local Mayors, councillors from all parties, over 11,000 petitioners, over 500 letter-writers, over 150 businesses, all local MPs and now the GLA’s own planning officers object to this application. We look to our Mayor in his final 22 days in office to support the overwhelming planning-led objections to this monstrous scheme, and to join all of us on the road to a development that makes the Goodsyard great."