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Boris set to review Southall Gas Works decision

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Mayor of London Boris Johnson is to review a decision to refuse a development on the site of a former West London gas works

Johnson has called in plans for a scheme that proposes 3,750 new homes and 20,000m² of retail space.

The move comes after Ealing and Hillingdon councils refused the application by owner of the site National Grid. The councils refused the scheme last November on the grounds of increased traffic and a threat to local ecology.

Using revised call-in powers for only the second time, the mayor will now decide the future of the scheme.

Johnson said: ‘Failure to develop this key brownfield site could be detrimental to the future economic prosperity of West London, which is an important driver for the capital’s entire economy.

‘I therefore believe it is right that I scrutinise this application in greater detail.’

It is the second time Mr Johnson has used his call-in powers. In October he over-rode Tower Hamlets council’s refusal of planning permission for the 63-storey Columbus Tower by Mark Weintraub Architecture & Design.

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