A LANDMARK decision on the future of Stockley Park's expansion project was deferred after the submission of a last minute letter and mystery surrounding a missing £1million.
Stockley Plc has sought to expand what is already Europe's largest industrial park, creating over 2,000 jobs.
Stockley Park Phase 3, as it has been dubbed, would be located on a 12,000 hectare site adjoining Ironbridge Road and Horton Road, West Drayton.
The plans include, a 450 room hotel, 25,000 square metres of office space, a single storey car park for 1,140 vehicles, as well as cafés, restaurants, and even an art exhibition space.
Plans were scheduled to be approved last Tuesday (30) when a letter was submitted to the planning committee at Hillingdon Council from The Friends of Lake Farm Country Park.
Their letter was concerning a previous planning application from Stockley Park, and an agreement from the developers to pledge £1 million towards the local area.
They say this money, known as a Section 106 agreement, when large companies compensate the local area by contributing to its upkeep, has never been seen.
John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington, said: "The planning inspector's report made no mention of this £1 million, which we have never seen.
"A lack of attention to detail from planning officers has risked our community.
"If we had not sent in this letter, then Hillingdon residents would have lost a huge amount of money.
"I found it extraordinary. How can you sign additional agreements (on Section 106 monies) when previous ones have not been paid out.
"We want some of the money to pay for the upkeep of Lake Farm, where it was originally designated to go, and the rest can go towards other environmental improvements in the area."
The decision on Stockley Park's future was, as a result of the letter, deferred to be considered at a later date, after an investigation has discovered the fate of the missing million.
James Rodger, head of planning and enforcement at Hillingdon Council said: "Hillingdon Council received a letter asking us to look at some potential issues regarding the development at Stockley Park Phase III.
"The council deferred the decision and is now considering the points made in the letter."