Over on the Cally Councillors blog Rupert and Paul report a victory for local planning enforcement. It seems that finally the miserable Choudury Mansions will be demolished as all appeals have been exhausted. You need to read the full story but it's really important that West Area can send a strong message that democratic local decisions will be enforced. And that developers can't just take the mickey by building what suits them rather than what they got permission for. I've often felt that devleopers think that a poor area is a soft touch. So many battles have been fought on planning in Kings Cross, it's vital that the rules are maintained.
Well done to the Councillors and officers involved for hanging grimly on over the years. Enforcement of community decisions will be a real challenge for the new planning system – to be credible it needs to have a quicker less costly system than this.