PLANS to tear down a football stadium in Edgware and build a new housing estate in its place have been blocked by Boris Johnson.
The capital's Conservative Mayor has instructed Harrow Council to refuse Edgeware Developments permission to demolish White Lion Football Ground in Burnt Oak Broadway to make way for 189 properties.
Interestingly, the mayor originally supported the application and had no intention of telling the council to throw it out but appears to have changed his mind because of the loss of open space. The land is designated as such in the council's unitary development plan.
The football ground was the home of Edgware Town FC from 1939 until the team's sponsor pulled out and the club closed down, remaining in all but name now.
Despite the setback, Edgeware Developments may still be able to act on outline planning permision it won in September 2006 from Harrow Council's development control committee for the redevelopment of the site to provide 164 flats and 11 houses in nine blocks of three and five storey buildings.
However, Councillor Navin Shah (Labour), London Assembly member for Harrow and Brent, believes there may be some legal problems because the 2006 application was never referred to the mayor's office - when Labour's Ken Livingstone was still in power - to decide whether to use his veto, which is what has happened with the 2008 scheme.