At just after midnight, Lend Lease’s outline planning application for the Heygate site was approved by the planning committee by four votes to two and one abstention.
The 50 seats at the hearing that were offered to locals were a highly visible demonstration of the lack of understanding shown by council officers of the interest and concern that the local community is showing in the proposals for the Heygate site. In fact at least twice the number of seats were needed, with some of the applicant’s agents (including from Soundings and MAKE) occupying seats that could have been taken by local residents and voters.
This meant that a large number of local residents were not permitted to join the meeting for over three hours, held outside by security staff, and therefore unable to hear their officers explain their decision to rubber-stamp the outline application, as shown here in a photo by Matt Cole: https://twitter.com/FutureFutures/status/291288142097547266/photo/1
There were silent protests inside: http://affordable.heroku.com/images/showustheviability.jpg
An independent view of the whole event is set out here: http://24dash.com/news/housing/2013-01-16-Protests-and-acrimony-as-Heygate-estate-regeneration-plans-approved
It concludes “So councillors now depend on Lend Lease reassurances. Can Lend Lease find the money to deliver the scheme during the next decade likely to be dominated by fiscal austerity and overshadowed by economic uncertainty? Southwark residents won’t politically forgive councillors if the loss of 1,200 Heygate council homes ends with stalled development and silent building sites surrounded by hoardings.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.
Huge thank you to Walworth SE17 (https://twitter.com/se17) for reporting the evening live blow by blow.