On Tuesday, the Council’s Planning Committee rejected an application by Ashley Tabor, the owner of the Classic FM, Heart and LBC radio stations, to expand his penthouse flat in Knightsbridge, to prevent the loss of family-sized homes.
Westminster’s Cabinet member for Planning, Councillor Daniel Astaire said it would be “unconscionable” to accept the proposal when the borough faced “a pressing housing shortage”. He said, “Our aim is to ensure fairness and opportunity in housing and we refuse to sell golden postcodes to the highest bidder. ”
So why, in February 2007, was an application to combine two flats in Randolph Avenue, Maida Vale owned by Council Deputy Leader, Councillor Robert Davis, approved by Westminster Council?
Councillor Davis’ application was to “amalgamate the flats as a single family dwelling” by creating “an opening in the wall between [the flats in] Randolph Avenue to allow for the lateral conversion of these two properties”. The ‘supporting statement’ makes it clear that “it is proposed to amalgamate Flats G and H for continued residential use as a single family dwelling”.
Before a change in his portfolio in January 2017, Councillor Davis had 17 years’ continuous service as chairman of the council’s Planning Committee and 15 years as Cabinet member for Planning.
The application papers, including plans are available by going to http://idoxpa.westminster.gov.uk/online-applications/ and searching for 07/00279/LBC. Go to the ‘Documents’ tab to see various floor plans.