HOTLY contested plans for nearly 700 flats and dozens of new shops in the centre of Ealing have been given the green light by councillors.
Protesters, who have fought a long campaign against the massive Dickens Yard scheme, were invited to voice their concerns at Wednesday's(NOV 5) planning meeting at Ealing Town Hall.
A specially organised video link screened the debate to around 100 residents in another room.
All but two members of the planning committee voted for the plans, despite appeals from ward councillors that the scheme is too big for a conservation area and will place too much of a burden on schools, surgeries and other services.
The blueprints will sent to London Mayor Boris Johnson, who has 14 days to decide whether to challenge the decision.