A London Assembly member has launched a complaint against the Mayor of London’s involvement in the Earls Court planning decision
The £8 billion Earls Court scheme was rubber-stamped by London Mayor Boris Johnson earlier this month.
But in a letter of complaint to the Greater London Authority monitoring officer, assembly member Nicky Gavron has accused Boris Johnson of having a ‘prejudicial interest’ in the decision.
She alleges that he ‘waved through the demolition of the Earls Court exhibition centres and nearby estates, despite knowing that an organisation he chairs – Transport for London (TfL) – stands to make a windfall from the redevelopment’.
Gavron added: ‘The redevelopment of Earls Court means the loss of a close-knit community on one of London’s highest-quality estates. It will also cost thousands of jobs in the exhibitions industry as well as to the local and national economy. Earls Court contributes £1 billion a year and brings 2.5 million visitors and 30,000 exhibitors to West London.’
The controversial scheme masterplanned by Terry Farrell + Partners involves the demolition of the two Earls Court exhibition centres, a London Underground depot and two housing estates.
If this complaint is taken forward then the Mayor’s planning decision could be held invalid.
Boris accused of conflict of interest over Earls Court