ANGRY residents have challenged Ealing Council about a failure to consult them properly regarding a development behind flats in Northolt.
Twenty-five residents of Blenheim Road and Gonville Crescent wrote letters of protest to council leader Jason Stacey after the application was submitted last year.
They claim that planning approval granted to a backland development of flats in a three-storey block in Blenheim Road was given without the proper consultation. The council is understood to be carrying out an investigation as to why this happened.
A spokesman said: "The council received three separate planning applications for 37-38 Blenheim Road, Northolt. Planning officers refused the first two under delegated authority. Six objections were received on the first, and nine objections on the second, but this also had a petition of support with 15 signatures.
"Officers approved the third planning application under delegated authority on September 10, 2009, as they were satisfied that the revised development finally met local planning policy guidelines.
"Regrettably, the council later learned that residents had not received the notification letter for the third application, although Ealing police confirmed receipt of their letter, sent at the same time.
"We are currently reviewing this matter and await guidance from the local government ombudsman on how to address this issue."