That’s the problem.
None of London’s greatest spaces and buildings have come about as a result of consultations with ‘communities’ or their usually self-appointed representatives. This fantasy has attracted a large number of deluded supporters who don’t know their history.
Anyone who has read the column will know that my ‘main gripe’ Is Mr Jenrick’s continuation in office, exercising quasi-judicial powers.
CIL is a more complex beast than suggested. How did we manage to create the entire London Underground system without it? CIL exists because we abandoned the building of social housing at scale, an irresponsible strategy supported by the entire political class. This tax is irrelevant unless and until we revise that programme and build again on a huge scale. It is in this sense only that the repulsive Desmond can evoke any sympathy.