Mayor refers final decision back to Brent Council

On 17 July 2017, the Mayor of London published his final decision on the Minavil House tower plans:

“Having now considered a report on this case I am content to allow Brent Council to determine the case itself, subject to any action that the Secretary of State may take, and do not therefore wish to direct refusal or to take over the application for my own determination.” Mayor of London’s Final Decision

In the associated report, GLA’s Final Report, it is acknowledged that the tower plan negatively impacts a number of neighbouring sites, including Venice House, 243 Ealing Road, 300 Ealing Road, 360 Ealing Road, Alperton House, the Boat public house and the nearby Grand Union Canal. The petition signed by over 210 local people opposed to the plans is recognized.  The GLA officers have failed, however, to enforce any changes that would align the scheme with the original Alperton masterplan.


It appears that the promise of a high proportion of subsidized housing has trumped all other considerations.

Unfortunately, a promise of subsidized housing is not worth very much. In a recent case, the proportion of subsidized homes at the Battersea Power Station development was cut by 40%. The Mayor of London does not have the powers to ensure the developers keep their promises made in those glossy brochures.

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