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Boris accused of conflict of interest over Earls Court

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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.

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