The Planning Inspector has dismissed Octagon’s appeal against the Council’s refusal of planning permission for:

  1. the replacement of basement parking by spaces for parking in front of the houses,
  2. the omission of one of the two proposed water features and
  3. the reduction in size of the other.

This is good news indeed, not only for residents of St Margaret’s but for the Borough’s planning system as a whole: it will encourage Council Officers and the Planning Committee to take a robust line in resisting over development and insisting that promises made before permissions are granted must be fulfilled. Your ward councilors; Geoff Acton, Ben Khosa and Philip Morgan, fully supported residents on this and had several meetings with residents, Octagon and Council Officers.

— Christopher J Squire