Residents of the Golden Lane Estate have mounted a last-ditch campaign to stop a contentious redevelopment of neighbouring Bernard Morgan House that was green-lit by local authorities last month. The Corporation’s planning and transportation committee approved Taylor Wimpey’s 99-flat luxury development 13 votes to 10, despite widespread opposition...

Residents of the Golden Lane Estate have mounted a last-ditch campaign to stop a contentious redevelopment of neighbouring Bernard Morgan House that was green-lit by local authorities last month.

The Corporation’s planning and transportation committee approved Taylor Wimpey’s 99-flat luxury development 13 votes to 10, despite widespread opposition from residents who say the new building will plunge the Grade II-listed estate and neighbouring primary school and park into darkness.

Scaffolding has already gone up on the historic site, which served as a police section site until it was decommissioned in 2015, however the application has now been referred to the secretary of state following letters from local common councillors Sue Pearson, William Pimlott and Mary Durcan, as well as from recently returned MP Mark Field.

Earlier this week a Section 31 Direction was issued, which puts a hold on plans while the secretary of state’s office consider whether they should determine the matter, rather than the local authority.

The Save Golden Lane Consortium yesterday launched a Crowd Justice page in an attempt to raise £3,500 to pay for an independent sunlight report and specialist legal advice to seek a judicial review. Close to £3200 had already been pledged within 24 hours of the page going live.

For more on this story, look out for next week’s edition of City Matters.

Lead image: Chris Dorley Brown
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