Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Desmond Dropped

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Ex-Daily Express owner Richard Desmond’s plans for a 1,500 apartment complex kicked out as Tory housing minister Robert Jenrick MP is shown to have “unlawfully approved” the proposed scheme

This morning’s suggestion in the Guardian that government housing minister Robert Jenrick MP “unlawfully approved” a £1 billion 1,500 unit housing scheme in the Isle of Dogs by the ex-media baron Richard Desmond (AKA ‘Mr Badger’) has surprisingly gone little reported elsewhere.

 

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Given the green light just 24 hours before a new levy that “would have cost [Desmond] over £40 million” kicked in, the minister has now accepted the application must be “redetermined.”

 

With this controversial planning decision now frozen after Tower Hamlets council took legal action against the minister because of their apparent “bias towards the former owner of the Star, Daily Express and Sunday Express,” further questions about Jenrick’s judgment will follow.

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Local councilor Andrew Wood, whom resigned from the Conservative Party “over the issue,” has now “put in a freedom of information request for all the correspondence between officials and the minister relating to the Westferry Road printworks development.”

 

He told the Guardian: “It should be investigated. The key question is: why did [Robert Jenrick] make the decision when he did so against the inspector’s advice?”

 

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Desmond Dropped – Richard Desmond and Robert Jenrick MP – Ex-Daily Express owner Richard Desmond’s plans for a 1,500 apartment complex kicked out as Tory housing minister Robert Jenrick MP is shown to have “unlawfully approved” the proposed scheme.
Robert Jenrick approved Richard Desmond’s £1 billion Westferry Printworks, Isle of Dogs, E14 scheme in January. 1,524 properties were due to be built there on the site of the former presses of the ‘Daily Express,’ ‘Sunday Express’ and ‘Daily Star.’ Originals plans, approved by then mayor Boris Johnson in 2016, for the site were for just 722 units.
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Matthew Steeples
Matthew Steeples
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.

8 COMMENTS

  1. I did not like the look of Jenrick on the briefings and now my thoughts are confirmed. This all has a very stinky aroma to it!

  2. Commie lies!!!!!!!!!!!! The minister didn’t take a bung!!!!!!!!! I bet ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Desmond didn’t give him a Sheila from one of his porn mags either!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Very, very rich man Jenrick gets the tax payer to pay his rent on his constituency home (£2,000 per month) according to Wikipedia. He owns two houses in London worth £4.5 million and a house he paid £1.1 million for in 2009. And he likes getting involved in decisions about planning… Curious that, curious that.

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