The Green Party have managed to secure a last-minute public hearing on the controversial Stag Brewery development in Mortlake.
Assembly member Caroline Russell seconded an emergency motion to delay the go-ahead for the site until residents’ views have been properly heard.
This move could set a precedent for making urban planning more inclusive and sustainable.
The 843-unit build in South West London was originally approved by Richmond Council. Following a number of meetings behind closed doors the development jumped to 1250 units.
Worryingly, a Health Impact Assessment of the increase to the local population failed to engage with community groups or GP surgeries. Residents fear that building the huge new site could increase the population in the area by an estimated 90%, swamping local services.
The emergency motion asks for a meaningful discussion between resident groups, Richmond Council and the developers. Ham, Petersham & Richmond Riverside Councillor Andree Frieze thanked Caroline Russell, along with Nicholas Rogers of the Conservatives, for their cooperation in putting forward a motion to delay the planning decision. This will give the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, enough time to meet local residents before deciding the future of the site.