I WAS at last week's planning committee meeting, when demolition of Trevenna Cottage in Creswick Road, Acton was approved, with two three-storey houses to be built in the back garden next to Springfield Gardens Park, and a further six three-storey houses allowed on the land, with a vehicular access.
I am the former owner of 5 Rosemont Road, Acton, which adjoins 2 Creswick Road.
The Trevenna Cottage application is a wholly inappropriate and insensitive overdevelopment next to Springfield Gardens Park and is against the wishes of more than 320 objectors.
The decision was made: **against the new national policy from the government - PPS3 - which says back garden land is equal to public open spaces, ie parkland not to be built on **without a single Acton councillor being on the committee. Five applications and two appeals have been refused for this property over the last 16 years and now the decision has been made without an Acton councillor involved. Instead, it was decided by councillors from Southall and North Greenford, which amounts to disenfranchisement of the 320 plus objectors.
Thirdly, it was passed with the help of the planning committee chairman's wife, Councillor Lauren Wall, who had been brought in from a Northolt ward, it seems, to support her husband, Ray Wall, in granting the developers' application.
Furthermore, the plan before the planning committee was inaccurate, as it showed the adjoining garden at 7 Rosemont Road some 10 metres further away than it really is, making the proposed development appear less intrusive. This was not corrected by the planning officers and the committee members made their decision on the wrong layout.
What happened here must not be tolerated. I call for a review of this decision.
EDITH OAKES Cambridge Road