Residents have reacted angrily after councillors approved a 42-storey skyscraper in North Acton branded a "mass overdevelopment."
Ealing Council ’s planning committee voted eight to three on Wednesday (July 20) in favour of demolishing all buildings at 6 Portal Way to make way for 578 new homes.
It will comprise a double-storey basement and four buildings of nine, 11, 32 and 42 storeys with a range of one, two and three-bed flats.
Concerns were raised that the proposed 2,483 habitable rooms per hectare is significantly more than the upper guideline in the Mayor’s density matrix of 1,100 rooms per hectare.
However, the committee heard the Mayor has advised the guidelines do not need to be applied "mechanistically".
'Taller than Wembley Stadium'
He added the proposed plea of 30% affordable homes did not represent good enough value.
Following the meeting, Mr Nortley added: "Legitimate objections of residents in terms of building height, density and pressure on local services were ignored."
At the start of the evening Labour Cllr Shital Manro, who voted in favour of the plans, took objection to Mr Notley filming the meeting.
He expressed concerns the footage could be edited to reflect unfairly on the committee but was reminded that filming is permitted.
Conservative Cllr Joanna Dabrowska attended the meeting but chose to withdraw shortly before to allow her to criticise Labour's policy on developments.
A spokesperson on behalf of applicants City & Docklands Property Group promised there would be a contribution of £2.6m into the area.
He added: "The proposal would lead to a number of positive impacts.
"It has been demonstrated that the building will not have an adverse impact on new and existing residents.
"This is in excess of the mayors limits. There are a number of factors that justify this. 51% site will be retained as public open space."
Conservative Cllr Theresa Mullins pressed the applicants on her concerns about GP surgeries being able to cope with the increased population before blasting the proposal a "mass over development."
But shortly before approving plans, Cllr Manro labelled arguments against the proposal "red herrings" before urging approval because of a duty to provide housing.
'Becoming a nightmare'
Chair of West Acton Residents Association, Sheela Selvajothy, has lived in nearby Wilfrid Gardens for 20 years and said the decision marks as one of her lowest memories in the area.
She added: "People’s lives will be blocked from proper lighting, how can it be a city, it is not a city.
"North Acton station will be consumed by all these people, you can’t get on the platform already sometimes.
"I have had enough and I am considering moving. It is one of the low points in 20 years, it is becoming a nightmare."
At the same meeting, plans for a plans for a 133-bed hotel were approved in the Victoria Industrial Estate, Victoria Road, Acton.