West Ferry Print Works Un-Official Vote No Manifesto Discussion Document.

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The Tower Hamlets Planning Forum and Mayor John Biggs have a track record of frustrating development and the associated affordable homes which developers are happy to build.

Far from being a part of the Solution Mayor Biggs's regime is a big part of the problem.

The westferry Printworks is the latest in a long line of bad judgement calls and political meddling in Planning officers doing their jobs.

One assumes the efforts of the planning forum are well meaning and yet, it is hard not to conclude that what its efforts really represent is the worse of Metropolitan Elite Not in my back yardism ( Nimbyism) in the face of Londons and London Borough of Tower Hamlets huge housing challenges.

The problem is not the the Manhattanization of the Isle of Dogs rather it is the Tammany hallisation of City Hall.

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A no Campaign to hold the Stalinist command and control LBTH commissars to account.
The recent furore over the westferry Printworks Planning application showed a rather unusual degree of personal public mud slinging from elected official notably Mayor John Biggs and Councillor Andrew Woods.
The Isle of Dogs community plan
https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/Documents/Planning-and-building-control/Strategic-Planning/Neighbourhood-Planning/IoDReg16CollatedResponses.pdf

CASH BOXES IN THE SKYS, SPANISH CASTLE MAGIC. THE 3 TIER PLANNING SYSTEM AND PROMOTION OF A CHINESE SOCIAL POINTS SYSTEM.
Community Infrastructure Levy is not a Wealth Tax and seems to be the blunt instrument that Stalinist command and Control merchants like Sadiq Khan the Mayor of London and John Biggs Mayor of Tower Hamlets claim they can use to address London’s Chronic affordable homes Problem.

West Ferry Print Works

Un-Official Vote No Manifesto Discussion Document.

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RealRLD

@rld_real_CPR

30 Jun 20 • 6 tweets • rld_real_CPR/status/1277973295199948800

@richardjhorwood Isle Of Dogs CP Referendum

#NoCampaign #yesMoreHomes #No3rdSctrStalinism

Isle Of Dogs Community Plan Referendum #NoCampaign

A no Campaign to hold the Stalinist command and control LBTH commissars to

account. The recent furore over the westferry Printworks Planning application

showed a rather unusual degree of personal pu…

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Skyscraper developers halted by Isle of Dogs Forum’s new legal Neigh…

The brakes are being put on massive developments on the Isle of Dogs with new

legal measures to stop scheme going ahead without improving public services.

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New bid to ease strain on services by massive Isle of Dogs developme…

Another neighbourhood plan is being launched to try and control major

developments on the Isle of Dogs to ease the strain on public services—almost a

year on from a previous failed attempt.

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Community Infrastructure Levy, Marxist Danegeld. The Growl and the …

So the culprit was found #Sedwill pic.twitter.com/2JE6aCpb2D

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RealRLD

@rld_real_CPR

30 Jun 20 • 5 tweets • rld_real_CPR/status/1278014591822331904

@Andrewwood17 The Judgement is materially flawed on

a matter of fact and the court has been misled in

pleadings.Schedule Para 3 "Under the Charging Schedule

in effect at the time of the DL, the development was zero

rated for CIL" The consent order should be set aside.

@RobertJenrick

@Andrewwood17 @RobertJenrick The Spreadsheet and Offer of Additional Housing

is clear for all to see. Towerhamlets gambled with a Clear offer to Provide 35%

AFFORDABLE BY Habitable Rooms, The Viability Valuation shows 27.5% affordable

by Habitable room With a CIL £5,517,564 s.106 £5,973,167 respectively

@Andrewwood17 @RobertJenrick


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IOD Referendum No

The Tower Hamlets Planning Forum and Mayor John Biggs have a track record of

frustrating development and the associated affordable homes which developers are

happy to build. Far from being a part...

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RealRLD

@rld_real_CPR

1 Jul 20 • 10 tweets • rld_real_CPR/status/1278381742374752262

WikiTacticalVoting

2019 – 2031 Referendum The Tower Hamlets Planning Forum and Mayor John

Biggs have a track record of frustrating development and the associated affordable

homes which developers are happy to build.

https://wikitacticalvoting.miraheze.org/wiki/Main_Page#Isle_of_Dogs_Neighbourhood_…

RealRLD

@rld_real_CPR

Replying to @rld_real_CPR @SteveReedMP and 4 others

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Westferry Printers. Shows that Stalinist Whataboutery isn't

working

@kevinhollinrake

#ReevesMisleadingHOC

@SteveReedMP @MayorJohnBiggs @MayorofLondon

@BorisJohnson @financialeyes @emptyhomes

@Shaun4WBW @RobertJenrick @RichardDesmond

sadiqs-poor-doors-bung-a-westferry-printers-friary-…

To unravel the hysterics lets just go back to basics.

Planning consents for developments over 100 squar…

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A no Campaign to hold the Stalinist command and control LBTH commissars to

account. The recent furore over the westferry Printworks Planning application

showed a rather unusual degree of personal pu…

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@Shaun4WBW @RobertJenrick @RichardDesmond

Sadiq's "Poor Doors" Bung! a Westferry Printers/ Friary Park Saucy C…

To unravel the hysterics lets just go back to basics. Planning consents for

developments over 100 square meters attract Community Infrastructure levy’s ,

Tower hamlets had released a revised chargin…

https://www.yumpu.com/s/xmjpHkB4ICa2weNg

https://www.youtube.com/embed/IOIF8n4Y0RQ


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@kevinhollinrake @IsleofDogsForum

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@SteveReedMP @MayorJohnBiggs @MayorofLondon

@BorisJohnson @financialeyes @emptyhomes

@Shaun4WBW @RobertJenrick @RichardDesmond

IOD Referendum No

The Tower Hamlets Planning Forum and Mayor John Biggs have a track record of

frustrating development and the associated affordable homes which developers are

happy to build. Far from being a part...

http://www.realrld.com/iod-referendum-no.html

No Campaign. Vote No May 6th 2021

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RealRLD

@rld_real_CPR

3 Jul 20 • 8 tweets • rld_real_CPR/status/1278935141138735104

WestFerry Promo Video, Jenrick Fights Back

https://www.youtube.com/embed/idL8SFSOf0c

via @YouTube

#Explosive #Scoop #ThePromo #Promo #ThatVideo The

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full Video @RichardDesmond showed @RobertJenrick

WestFerry Promo Video, Jenrick Fights Back

The now Infamous Westferry Printers Promotional Video , CGI, showing the quality

of the westferry Printers Development. The Sound Track is from a selection of

News Reports and the Parliamentry debat…

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the full Video @RichardDesmond showed @RobertJenrick @IsleofDogsForum

@emptyhomes


Isle Of Dogs Community Plan Referendum #NoCampaign

A no Campaign to hold the Stalinist command and control LBTH commissars to

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showed a rather unusual degree of personal pu…

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#LBTHisntWorking @IsleofDogsForum

Sadiq's "Poor Doors" Bung! a Westferry Printers/ Friary Park Saucy C…

To unravel the hysterics lets just go back to basics. Planning consents for

developments over 100 square meters attract Community Infrastructure levy’s ,

Tower hamlets had released a revised chargin…

https://www.yumpu.com/s/xmjpHkB4ICa2weNg

#RealRLD #PlaceMakingBasics #LoftMiles #ConquestofDough @financialeyes

@JoeBlob20 @wiki_ballot @GrubStreetJorno @DavidGolemXIV @Lloyd__Evans

@bbclaurak @ClarkeMicah #WestferryPrintwWorks #NoThereThere

#LBTHisntWorking @IsleofDogsForum

Full Outline FInal , With Executive Summary _Bumper Sticker._Loft Mil…

"Loft Miles" is a time accounting Distributed Application for Self Building residential

community groups. This is a working document. It is not a definitive pitch or an offer

but serves as the basi…


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Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

28 Jun 20 • 12 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1277187233959772162

Why Robert Jenrick should resign

Because he badly messed up the decision November-

January

But also because of what has happened since the

Westferry Printworks story first broke on the 21st May (5

weeks now)

Or what has not happened in those 5 weeks

1/

Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

@RobertJenrick makes a planning decision on Westferry

Printworks but now "He accepted that the decision letter

was unlawful by reason of apparent bias and should be

quashed"

Given that £30-50 million was at stake

1/

Francis Taylor Building ftbchambers.co.uk/news/westferry

… via @FTB_law

12:59 PM · May 22, 2020

4 See Andrew Wood’s other Tweets

I think the Minister lacks political experience, the kind of experience you get from

being actively involved in politics

That maybe a surprise, he has been a full time politician since 2014 but has only ever

stood in safe Conservative seats, served in a Conservative government

2/

At every stage he has responded to events, questions from others, pressure from

Labour & FOI's etc


He has never attempted to get on top of the story or build a credible case for a

defence

There are a number of things he could have done to mitigate the damage, but did not

do so

3/

For a start I have been bemused by the fact that Jenrick/Conservative HQ has not

reached out to local Conservatives for help/assistance/information early on

Had he/they done so they may have learnt things that might have helped him

But then they routinely ignored us locally

4/

I genuinely do not think Jenrick knew that there were Conservative Councillors in the

affected ward or right next door to it

It was routine for senior Conservatives to visit the area, not let us know, not invite us

nor ask for advice on things to be aware of or to avoid

5/

I can think of a number of things Jenrick could have done to mitigate the damage

For a start the new Westferry Printworks secondary school, is getting delayed by this

fiasco, but we desperately need it locally

Sir Ed Lister, one of the reasons he said at the time to support

6/

this application in 2016 were his concerns over too many applications being approved

locally without any social infrastructure (schools) & his desire to re-balance by

approving schemes with schools in them quickly

He started the Isle of Dogs OAPF to try and sort that out

7/

Jenrick could have said his desire to get the development approved quickly was also

driven by the desire to get the school built

May not have been true but he could have highlighted the failure of TH Council to

open any new schools themselves (Wapping sec is a free school)

8/

Jenrick could have also said something about he did not think that the £45 million of

CIL missed would be of any value as Tower Hamlets Council do not spend the money

/ or do not spend it locally

More evidence of this to follow in next couple of days

9/

Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

Replying to @ManuMidolo @PropertyWeek and 4 others

You should look at how much remains unspent from Tower

Hamlets S106 & CIL (especially) in comparison to other

Councils

+ New Homes Bonus from government, which is also an

important source of funds for Councils from development

12:55 PM · Sep 27, 2019 from Sa Khu, Thailand

1 See Andrew Wood’s other Tweets


There are a number of other things he could have said/done to mitigate the damage

to his own career but also reverse damage locally

But his failure to do so, the waiting for the next piece of damaging information (which

he could have anticipated), rather then being honest

10/

early on as to why his decision was unlawful (also been silent on why he agreed to

that but we assume the Court granted TH Council request for full disclosure of docs)

He has just allowed the story to build & build = political inexperience

He is a Cabinet Minister though

11/

He does not have the political skills & judgement to serve effectively at the top at this

point in his career

He also lacks local government & planning experience, he could not spot what a bad

mistake he was making last year either

Needs to resign & learn more about politics

12/

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Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

28 Jun 20 • 2 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1277141854983729152

"It’s too big. It’s too tall. It’s too dense”

Fresh Sunday Times story on Printworks including this

interesting quote from Steve Quartermain, who until he

retired was Chief Planner at MHCLG, most senior

planning official

He must have seen these pics

1/

Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

Westferry Printworks

Reminder Greenwich is a UNESCO World Heritage Maritime

site, it has to be protected, views are from statue next to

Royal Observatory

This is worst case view incl larger Printworks scheme (red

outline) & all other approved schemes

1/

whc.unesco.org/en/list/795/

10:50 AM · Jun 26, 2020

7 See Andrew Wood’s other Tweets

"Quartermain.. raised his objections one last time. “Look,” he is said to have

remarked. “The visual impact of it is terrible. There are policies around tall buildings

in that particular area. It’s too big. It’s too tall. It’s too dense.”

2/


Robert Jenrick overruled civil servants to push through Tory donor’s £…

Senior officials “begged” Robert Jenrick to block a £1bn property deal backed by

the Tory donor Richard Desmond, it emerged last night. But the housing secretary

overruled the objections from civil

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/were-going-ahead-with-this-jenrick-has-made-…

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Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

26 Jun 20 • 7 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1276467891064504320

Westferry Printworks

Reminder Greenwich is a UNESCO World Heritage

Maritime site, it has to be protected, views are from statue

next to Royal Observatory

This is worst case view incl larger Printworks scheme (red

outline) & all other approved schemes

1/

Maritime Greenwich

UNESCO World Heritage Centre

https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/795/

This was view in July 2019 with construction underway but no CGI added to show

future schemes

Baseline view in other words

For scale I added blue arrow to show Landmark Pinnacle scheme 75 storeys 241

meters high on Marsh Wall under construction (but not at full height then)

2/


This is same 2019 view but with larger 44 storey scheme added which Jenrick

approved Jan 2020, note 5 towers visible (more hidden) in red outline on left hand

side

3/

2015 views of the smaller 30 storey scheme (4 towers) with background from 2015,

note how much changed with July 2019 views in just 4 years

4/

Same 2015 picture with smaller scheme but in outline all later planning permissions

as a comparison

Pictures all show how Isle of Dogs becoming Manhattan/Pudong/HK of London

Height & density like nowhere else in UK or London

If 44 storey approved expect even more tall building

5/


Jenrick asked for extra pictures in Dec 19

These views cited by many as a reason for rejecting taller scheme to protect UNESCO

World Heritage site

But Jenrick disagreed with his officials "though we are disagreeing with his view that

impact on Old Naval College isn't too bad"

6/

There are not that many UNESCO World Heritage sites in England, see dots on map

I had assumed that for a Minister interested in history views were worth protecting?

Original pics here p87

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attac

hment_data/file/895113/Annex_A___Supplementary_Documentation.pdf

7/

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Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

26 Jun 20 • 10 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1276446393079672838

Westferry Printworks: viability

Conservatives in defence of Robert Jenrick have made

claims about viability of the scheme, thread to explain why

wrong

The only person who was concerned about scheme

viability was Robert Jenrick, from whom did he get those

concerns about £45m?

1/

Robert Jenrick insistent that decision issued week 9th Jan, CIL decision then due

15th Jan

But his officials mis-describe the CIL as London CIL (which changed in 2019) rather

then Tower Hamlets CIL, suggests they were not involved in detail of change in CIL,

suggestive?

2/

"The appellant (Richard Desmond) believes that the proposal would not be viable if

subject to CIL charges"

There is no mention in docs where this was communicated, not in Inspectors report,

so where does belief come from (contradicted by inspectors report on Schedule 15

UU)

3/


Reminder July 2018 Richard Desmond thought he could deliver scheme with 35%

affordable housing (he dropped it in June 2019 to 21%, benefit worth around £40m)

So clear Desmond in 2018 thought he could provide more benefit, yes legal costs &

some delay cost him some £ not £40m

4/

Officials summary of issues on 13th December lists reasons why scheme should be

rejected, do not mention viability as an issue (but do mention CIL rates changing 15th

Jan)

No evidence officials concerned about it in docs

Only Jenrick & Desmond concerned

5/


So where did Jenrick concerns about viability come from?

On 20th Nov, 2 days after fundraising dinner his staff say he is aware of decision

coming & concerns over timing of decision (we have to assume the £45 m CIL

decision)

He says he shut down conversation at dinner though?

6/

In my Cllr training on material planning considerations viability not listed as a

material planning consideration

(reasons why you can ignore policy i.e. delivering 35% affordable homes)

TH Council constitution also does not list viability as a reason for ignoring policy

7/


So Q are:

- What information did Jenrick have about scheme pre-20th November from his

officials?

- Confirmation that none of the docs not released yet discuss viability?

- Why officials only trying to deal with affordable housing 2 hours before release of

decision?

8/

Important point to make about votes 15th Jan

-New Local Plan

-Change in CIL rates

2 separate processes/votes only happened on same night as Local Plan badly delayed

in 2019


So when MHCLG officials talk about wanting decision out before new Local Plan,

they mean Local Plan

9/

New Local Plan means having to re-write decision letter/maybe reconsult so reasons

for getting decision 1st from a practical

But Jenrick pushing for quick decision since 20th November

I also deal with affordable housing issue in this thread

Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

In the House of Commons Kevin Hollinrake MP makes a

point that several people asked me about

That had £40 million of CIL being paid it would have reduced

the affordable housing %

Technically he is right but misses key point

From 13.25.37 on video

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parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/51…

4:45 PM · Jun 24, 2020

2 See Andrew Wood’s other Tweets

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Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

25 Jun 20 • 2 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1276075689280757761

Mayor John Biggs comments s misleading

The £45 million Community Infrastructure Levy can only

be spend on infrastructure not local services

See pic for Reg123 list of what £ can be spent on

25% of this £ can be spent on a wider range of

infrastructure

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https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/planning_and_buildi

ng_control/Infrastructure_planning/community_infrastructu

re_levy.aspx

Mayor John Biggs

@MayorJohnBiggs

My statement on the latest revelations on

#WestferryPrintworks

9:26 PM · Jun 24, 2020

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in consultation with local residents

But misleading to say can be spent on local services, there are rules on what £ can be

spent on

Problem is that unlike Marxists the Council is spending money very slowly, losing

£2.4 million a year through inflation loss on reserves

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Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

24 Jun 20 • 9 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1275905360931565569

Thread on latest news from release of documents earlier

today on Westferry Printworks, Robert Jenricks decision to

approve it

In short I was right to resign

-Jenrick discussed more at dinner then 1st said

-Overrode his own officials advice

-Viability £

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Westferry Printworks: letters to HCLG Select Committee

Letters from the Secretary of State to the Chair of the Housing, Communities and

Local Government Select Committee on Westferry Printworks – plus relevant

documentation.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/westferry-printworks-letters-to-hclg-select-…

To Daily Mail @MrHarryCole Jenrick said "But Mr Jenrick insisted he shut the

conversation down immediately"

Then evidence emerges:

- They talked about new Local Plan (not mentioned before)

- Dispute over how long watched video for, Jenrick a few moments, Desmond 3-4

minutes

2/


- Arranged to meet for site visit (agreed as 19th Dec two days laters)

- Jenrick initiates text conversation night of dinner with Desmond, good mates after

1st meeting

This is much more then shutting down conversation immediately

Jenrick sat between Desmond & Martin at dinner

3/

Dispute over location/date of dinner

Reported as 20th November but texts say 18th

Reported as Savoy Hotel or Carlton Club

(where there 2 fundraising dinners? unlikely but Minister not clear either)

Text messages in pics

Not a clear cut case of shutting down conversation

4/


Jenrick says he told his officials about dinner etc, they did not tell him to recuse

himself, his account suggests he did not tell officials about part of conversation i.e.

video/local plan, maybe why Private Office did not say anything but did he tell

Permanent Sec as well?

5/

Private Office work for Minister, in government that just won landslide victory, not

sure they were that concerned

Should have cleared it with lawyers or Permanent Secr

Also written proof of declaration?

6/

This critical page

Email exchange 2 days after dinner

Printworks not on radar of officials, they were not sure of name but marked as

controversial

But Jenrick knows ministerial decision soon & issue with timing of decision

Where did he get that information from?

Not officials

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They did not issue report until 13th December (reminder election day 12th December

so MHCLG in purdah)

This strongly suggests Desmond told Jenrick about timing of decision & sensitivity

over timing (CIL) at the dinner, this contradicts evidence to HoC & quotes in Daily

Mail

8/

On 20th November officials had not received inspectors report so did not know

recommendations yet either

Minister ahead of his officials on the details it seems, who was source of information

if not Desmond?

More later

@billykenber @Gabriel_Pogrund @johnestevens @MrHarryCole


• • •


Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

24 Jun 20 • 4 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1275832361670844416

In the House of Commons Kevin Hollinrake MP makes a

point that several people asked me about

That had £40 million of CIL being paid it would have

reduced the affordable housing %

Technically he is right but misses key point

From 13.25.37 on video

1/

Parliamentlive.tv

House of Commons

https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/515c229e-abb0-4593-8613-c5af88c14145

Had CIL been paid, the affordable housing would have been reduced so that total

profit 13.1% remains unchanged

This was in Unilateral Undertaking (UU) by developer Schedule 15 as the MP says

But 21% as starting point was too low, recalculation to be done on developers

numbers

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Inspector and the Minister both agreed 21% affordable was too low, the starting point

should have been nearer 35% or more as separate examiner found all sites locally

could deliver 35% affordable + pay CIL at £280 per square meter

See his reports here


https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/planning_and_building_control/Infrastruct

ure_planning/CIL-submission-and-examination.aspx

3/

Unilateral Undertaking document in link

Schedule 15 towards the end

But comments from Inspector suggest Schedule 15 not required to make a decision

anyway

S15 clearly states only change allowed is reduction of affordable housing %, GLA

objected to that

4/

https://development.towerhamlets.gov.uk/onlineapplications/files/A974C618FA37C0DDB6548F85864A99D5/pdf/PA_18_01877_A1

-UNILATERAL_UNDERTAKING_FINAL-1532406.pdf

• • •


Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

24 Jun 20 • 4 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1275799454587793410

Quick thoughts from HoC debate on Westferry Printworks

1st organised response from Conservatives, why so late?

Good comments from some Labour MP's especially Betts

& Streeting but lacking some co-ordination & some facts

We await document release later today/tomorrow

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But FOI deadline also today so not really full disclosure

But releasing docs after session today meant debate lacked key facts

Glad that TH Council getting flack for not deciding themselves, they did not want this

in public domain, why I had to publish court docs myself

2/

Jenrick said in 5 years Tower Hamlets Council missed 30 decisions which went to

appeal, need to check

Labour keep saying Boris decided 2016 appeal, v clear Sir Ed Lister took the decision

Jenrick attacked Apsana Begum for not commenting on the application before

decision

3/

Await documents, so far story has not really moved on to explain the Ministers

decision to support the scheme & to help it financially, by accepting no CIL and only

21% affordable, I hope docs help answer this point

Conservative MP alleging Labour wasting time, they are wrong

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Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

24 Jun 20 • 4 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1275793049772269568

Quick thread on affordable housing issues today in HoC

Below quick comparison between W Printworks & 2 other

nearby developments approved in 2019

They deliver 35% affordable housing + CIL + school land

Also CIL public examination August 2019 results

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https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/planning_and_buildi

ng_control/Infrastructure_planning/CIL-submission-andexamination.aspx

Quick summary of why 21% not enough even compared to the 20% approved by Sir

Ed Lister in 2016

Other schemes delivered 35% or promising it locally and paying CIL

2/


And quick summary of late stage review which Minister said "The Secretary ofState

agrees with the Inspector that a late stage review would meet the tests in

Regulation 122(2) and that this would be of some benefit although its effect would be

limited (IR537)" note limited

3/


Will comment later on late stage review issue & what one MP said about relationship

between CIL & affordable housing and implication that £50 million would have been

paid later

Even if true massive cashflow advantage to Desmond but Minister said himself would

be limited

4/

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Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

21 Jun 20 • 6 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1274688159012532224

Westferry Printworks latest

I have written a detailed summary about the story on my

website, includes new detail from Sunday Times articles

Richard Desmond provides new information & includes

Sadiq Khan & his then Deputy Mayor James Murray in the

story

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Westferry Printworks: why Robert Jenrick and the government are in tr…

Below is a detailed summary of the Printworks story updated with the latest Sunday

Times revelations ...

http://www.cllrandrewwood.com/news/westferry-printworks-why-robert-jenrick-and-the-…

S Times story makes things worse for Robert Jenrick by adding more detail to known

story

What is genuinely new are Richard Desmonds comments on Sadiq Khan & James

Murray (then Deputy Mayor), now an MP

Desmond says Sadiq suggested to him April 2018 to add more buildings on site

2/


July 2018 much bigger but similar planning application is submitted & in October

James Murray said to support larger scheme

GLA later say they object to the size of it

Both the Mayor & James Murray need to be asked about their role in this

development

3/

Robert Jenrick watched housing promo video on Richard Desmond’s …

Robert Jenrick watched a promotional video for a £1bn housing development on

media mogul Richard Desmond’s personal mobile phone weeks before overruling

his officials and approving the scheme.The

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/robert-jenrick-watched-housing-promo-video-on-rich…

They never commented in public about their judicial review, Ministers decision nor

more recent news on this story, why? this suggests they did not want to get involved

S Times report say that this was 1st time in 27 decisions that Jenrick went against

planning inspector advice

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Also still unexplained why Tower Hamlets took 46 weeks to decide this application

(deadline 16 weeks)

But Sunday Times story illustrates how developers and local / central government

interact with each other via private chats & dinners, not in public

Mayor John Biggs

@MayorJohnBiggs

We need to return to transparent proper community

focused planning. You can never get everyone to agree but

it needs to be done in the open.


Steve Reed

@SteveReedMP

Housing Secretary @RobertJenrick admits helping billionaire Tory donor

dodge £50m tax bill in cash-for-favours scandal

dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8…

7:50 AM · Jun 16, 2020

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Although Desmond is not a normal developer, this is his only planning scheme, so we

may have navigated the system differently to other more established developers but

his media background meant he also knew who to talk to

On my website more background

News

I have added to the two key documents released last night by MHCLG comments

on the side of each one about the key issues. I have done this in PDF so I am not

sure how you can view my comments added..…

http://www.cllrandrewwood.com/news

6/

• • •


Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

20 Jun 20 • 4 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1274267201458114561

The company that Robert Jenrick set up to refurbish his

house is listed here

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/08718759/fi

ling-history

Why would you set up a private company to just manage

the refurbishment of your own home?

Spent £830k over 2 years up to October 2015

House bought October 2013 for £2.55m

Tax?

1/

Steve Reed

@SteveReedMP

Quite unusual to set up a company to refurbish your house

but apparently that’s what @RobertJenrick did - can he

confirm whether he used it to reclaim VAT on the work

which would have saved him around £160k in tax?

Robert Jenrick used company in ‘unusual funding’ of £800,000 renovati…

Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, and his wife spent more than

£800,000 to renovate a £2.6 million townhouse, corporate documents …

thetimes.co.uk

8:04 AM · Jun 20, 2020

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Normal building work attracts a VAT charge of 20%

But dropped to 5% if property empty for 2 yrs previously


Buildings and construction (VAT Notice 708)

How to work out the VAT on building work and materials if you're a contractor,

subcontractor or developer.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/buildings-and-construction-vat-notice-708#section8

Not clear from accounts why company set up, @thetimes article suggests managing

cashflow stated aim

That does not make much sense either

2/

This is the problem with Westferry Printworks story, lots of interesting stuff but none

explain the original decision

But why would you set up a private company, pay fees to do so, have to do admin

work unless there was financial benefit to it?

He was an MP during 3/4 of work

3/

Also interesting that his London house not currently listed on the register of MP

interests, only his other home, though it and the company had been listed in previous

years?

Is that allowed or are there special exemptions? but as so easy to find from public

records why omit?

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Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

18 Jun 20 • 6 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1273760184918253579

When Robert Jenrick approved the Westferry Printworks

development, Richard Desmond benefited twice

Drop in CIL circa £40 million

But also drop in affordable housing from 35% down to

21% in June 19, 14%⬇

Benefit of that also £40 million or £106 million depending

on you view it

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John Stevens

@johnestevens

EXC: Robert Jenrick gave green light for Richard Desmond

to slash affordable housing in Westferry development from

35% to 21%

Local council estimates show this would have given the

billionaire Tory donor *£106million* in extra revenue

10:13 PM · Jun 18, 2020

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The £40 million is estimated additional profit,


£40 million CIL + £40 million 14% loss of affordable = £80 million benefit to

Desmond

Another way of calculating benefit is extra revenue from selling 14% of homes that

used to be affordable circa £106m benefit, Daily Mail use

2/

These are broad indicative estimates that I requested from Tower Hamlets Council

planning team to try & explain 14% in £ terms

Normal for developers in appeals to drop affordable housing %

Up to decision makers to accept that or reject it based on viability analysis

3/

Jenricks own decision letter says "He agrees with the Inspector that, on the balance of

the available evidence, it is likely that the scheme could provide more

affordable housing and that 21% does not therefore represent the maximum

reasonable amount of affordable housing"

5/

So Minister knew that the Desmond was delivering less affordable housing & could

deliver more but still granted approval, why?

I go into this in more detail in my letters to Cabinet Office/MHCLG/Clive Betts MP

As a key issue not yet fully covered

Westferry Printworks - detail of requested investigations by sir Mark S…

I have sent two letters on the 15th June to: Sir Mark Sedwill, Cabinet Secretary

repeating my 3rd June request for an investigation, letter here and below Mr Clive

Betts MP, Chair of the Housing,..…

http://www.cllrandrewwood.com/news/westferry-printworks-detail-of-requested-investig…

6/

Also CIL confirmed as circa £40 million (previously estimated at between £30 & £50

million)


Daily Mail story here online, more news on its way

How Jenrick's decision on housing app 'gave Tory donor extra £106m'

The Housing Secretary has been embroiled in an ugly 'cash for favours' row over

his approval of Richard Desmond's £1billion project, after overruling local council

and a planning inspector.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8438147/How-Robert-Jenricks-decision-housi…

7/

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Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

17 Jun 20 • 5 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1273168039190630400

There are 3 mysteries related to Westferry Printworks

decision

2nd is why Tower Hamlets Council decided that they

would not make the decision on this application, forcing

others to make it

Below are key dates for the 2nd application

25th July 2018 - application published

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14th Nov 2018 - deadline missed

14.55 hrs 26th March 2019 - developer asks planning inspectorate to make decision at

inquiry as TH Council did not

49 minutes later - planning inspector email TH Council

55 minutes later - TH Council agree inquiry best solution (I have email)

2/


The planning department was not that busy in 2018/19, five cancelled planning c'tees

They finally made a decision on the 14th May 2019 to reject but by this point knew

decision had no practical effect as Planning Inspectorate involved now

Note missed planning c'tee 28th March

3/


In 2015/16 something very similar happened, shorter period between failing to make

decision, deadline 17th Dec 2015, developer asked Mayor to decided end Jan 2016

TH Council busier & more complex wind issues (wind) to deal with so more

understandable missing deadline in 2015

4/

But in 2019 it looks as if it was an active avoidance of decision, knew developer was

likely to appeal if deadline missed

Why not on 26th March say to planning inspector no, we will make a decision in

rescheduled planning c'tee before 10th April formal start of appeal?

5/


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Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

15 Jun 20 • 7 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1272568101247365120

Robert Jenrick questioned in Parliament today about

Westferry Printworks by Labour, SNP, Lib Dems, what did

we learn?

- He entirely stands behind his decision, made with open

mind

- Confident that all the rules were followed

1/

Parliamentlive.tv

Parliamentlive.tv

House of Commons

https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/385c87ee-e9ae-4821-8e99-aef5f5a3c475?in=15:1…

- Said it was highly contentious - not sure that is true, his decision because TH

Council failed to make a decision, everybody else wanted it rejected

- Has shared information with Cabinet Secretary

- Will work with his Permanent Secretary to publish further information

2/

- But as planning application still live maybe excuse not to release all of it? my

thought

- Another MHCLG Minister will make the final decision

- Wants to see more new homes built including affordable homes but accepted fall in

affordable homes from 35% down to 21%, why?

3/

- Department knew about attendance at dinner but he did not know who he would sit

next to

- Told Desmond he could not discuss

- He discussed and took advice from officials at all times (did they not tell him to


ecuse himself?)

- But Guardian

4/

Riddle of Tory minister Jenrick, the media mogul and a £1bn housing d…

Revelations about secretive meetings on government plans to overhaul the

property sector raise further questions about the links between senior

Conservatives and Richard Desmond

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jun/14/riddle-of-tory-minister-jenrick-the-me…

& Ruth Cadbury MP suggest that dinner not recorded in official documents according

to whistleblower

- Jenrick not answering key questions about dinner, bias.

- Labour questions better then last week but not picking up on affordable % issue, as

big as £40 million CIL issue

5/

- Sarah Jones MP asks a Q we know answer to already from court document, not sure

if for effect or not been briefed by Labour locally

- Again no local MP's involved

- SNP MP question also wrong, again for effect or in error?


6/

Parliamentlive.tv

Parliamentlive.tv

House of Commons

https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/385c87ee-e9ae-4821-8e99-aef5f5a3c475?in=15:2…

Mystery still remains about decision, timing of it, what happened in December, why

did not defend judicial review?

Why Jenrick nor his officials thought it would be a good idea to recuse himself after

Carlton Club dinner sat next to Richard Desmond & others for several hours

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Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

14 Jun 20 • 5 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1272097132472827904

Details of my draft letter to Sir Mark Sedwill, Cabinet

Office following up my previous request for an

investigation with details of why + an updated 12 page

summary of key questions/issues

To be sent Monday, let me know if I missed anything, see

link

1/

Westferry Printworks - detail of requested investigations by sir Mark S…

I have sent two letters on the 15th June to: Sir Mark Sedwill, Cabinet Secretary

repeating my 3rd June request for an investigation, letter here and below Mr Clive

Betts MP, Chair of the Housing,..…

http://www.cllrandrewwood.com/news/westferry-printworks-detail-of-requested-investig…


Also a draft letter to Clive Betts MP about why his House of Commons Select

Committee should investigate, not just Robert Jenricks decision on Westferry

Printworks but about the process itself which needs reform to restore public trust in

Ministers planning decisions

2/

Lastly first 4 pages of my 12 page summary with key issues as a resource for two

investigations

Will be updated when new information received like this Daily Mail story on the role

of Thorncliffe PR company

Row over Jenrick and Desmond's property deal threatens to engulf No10

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick was under mounting pressure last night after his

links to a lobbyist for a Tory donor's £1 billion property deal were exposed by The

Mail on Sunday.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8418009/Murky-links-1billion-property-deal-Ho…

3/


Last 8 pages of my 12 page summary here in link


Westferry Printworks - detail of requested investigations by sir Mark S…

I have sent two letters on the 15th June to: Sir Mark Sedwill, Cabinet Secretary

repeating my 3rd June request for an investigation, letter here and below Mr Clive

Betts MP, Chair of the Housing,..…

http://www.cllrandrewwood.com/news/westferry-printworks-detail-of-requested-investig…

But will post as pictures as well

4/

Last 4 pages of 12 page summary

Will update as new information received + add more links to press coverage

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Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

12 Jun 20 • 4 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1271337222554488833

More bad news linked to Westferry Printworks, suggestive

but I have told journalists that the 2016 planning decision

was more transparent & although I objected to it, I

understand the logic of approving especially as delivered

a new secondary school

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Developer Richard Desmond met Boris Johnson for drinks

Boris Johnson had three meetings with a billionaire property developer in the

months before he approved a housing scheme on the Isle of Dogs in east London,

The Times can report.Mr Johnson, then the

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/developer-richard-desmond-met-boris-johnson-for-dri…

Sir Ed Lister made decision in public, objectors including myself could argue against

it at meeting, GLA planning officers recommended approval with changes made,

external consultant re-calculated viability to lift affordable housing % from 11% to

20%,

https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/planning-applications-anddecisions/public-hearings/former-westferry-printworks

2/

money for saiing center

Boris Johnson involved as TH Council failed in 2015 to make the decision in time

(2nd time here, why is another mystery)

TH said the site should be re-developed in order to meet housing targets + later said

suitable for tall building

3/

Secondary school never got built, why & what happens to the site is another

battle/mystery

We have an excellent secondary school in a temporary building close to this site, may

have to close in 2023, TH Council not doing anything to help them, probably prefers


them to close

4/

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Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

11 Jun 20 • 6 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1271050424041209857

House of Commons debated Westferry Printworks at

10.33 today

Only a few extra new facts disclosed but it is clear that

Clive Betts MP @CommonsHCLG will need to take this

forward + Cabinet Office (wrote to both last week)

Urgent Questions not best place

1/

House of Commons - Planning Process Urgent Question

Urgent question tabled by Steve Reed on Thursday 11 June.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000kcvt/house-of-commons-planning-process-…

New facts

a. Minister rejected a site visit? site is only 30 minutes from Parliament by public

transport, suggests Jenrick mind made up

b. Minister told civil servants about his dinner with Desmond, when & why did they

not advise him to recuse himself?

c. Firewall between...

2/


Ministers & party political funding, Minister not aware/involved of donations

Minister said

But I thought SPAD's role was to protect Minister from embarrassing mistakes?

But it was @ChrisPincher not @RobertJenrick answering questions, why?

Reminder that it maybe Pincher who

3/

makes the final decision on this application, not dead yet

Interesting that best questions were from two SNP MP's

Both @ChrisPincher & Labour MP's lacked local detail, where were @rushanaraali &

@ApsanaBegumMP, they should have been asking questions but not listed

4/

I will write to Clive Betts MP updating my list of issues and questions that I think his


C'tee need to consider

& before @mhclg respond to my & other FOI's will ask them to answer fully, too

much interest in this from media & planning professionals to kick into long grass

5/

Yes, screenshots of coverage were picked to be shared with my mother, she thinks I

am crazy doing what I do so I need to prove to her that my work produces results :)

6/

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Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

7 Jun 20 • 15 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1269546514164178946

Westferry Printworks "fishing expedition" & Police update

After requesting 3rd March on 5th June I finally got judicial

review documents from TH Council, GLA & developer,

copies in link

They raise more questions

Something still missing from this story

westferry Printworks Judicial review documents

Three documents attached; Tower Hamlets Judicial Review application here &

below GLA Judicial Review Application here I also have the developers response

to the GLA judicial review but it is a...

http://www.cllrandrewwood.com/news/westferry-printworks-judicial-review-documents

1/


There is a gap in the story to explain why Minister/@mhclg chose to help developer

by £40 million+

There are a variety of possible reason why they chose to do so

Documents cover story up to February, except for the final decision no explanation of

what happened March-May yet

2/

A Met Police DCI contacted me Friday to say "I am writing to confirm that no

criminal investigation will take place following an assessment of the information

available in relation to the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP and planning authority


involving the Westferry Printworks"

3/

The problem is without more information you can suspect all kinds of reasons why

developer was helped, only some of which maybe criminal. Did @RobertJenrick

declare dinner with developer since his decision made approx 4 -5 weeks after

spending several hours at the same table?

4/

It is not just me concerned, a professional planning journal @PlanningMag has two

stories on the shock in the legal & planning profession about this case with one

barrister calling it "dynamite" and leading to calls for reform

5/

Housing secretary's 'biased' Westferry consent 'sh…

https://www.planningresource.co.uk/article/1685412/housing-s…

Housing secretary's 'biased' Westferry consent 'sh…

https://www.planningresource.co.uk/article/1685412/housing-s…

1st issue is that Inspector said "548. I conclude that it is likely that the scheme could

provide more affordable housing than the offer of 21%"

MHCLG said "There were also concerns that delay could impact on the viability of the

proposed development"

This is a contradiction

6/


Decision made late December 2019, deadline for decision 20th Feb 2020, why did

MHCLG think 2 months not enough time to refer back to parties? CIL issue was an

obvious issue for the whole of 2019 & had been discussed for months

7/

The GLA judicial review focussed heavily on affordable issue, including a good

summary of issues in red outline

v clear that Inspector thought that 21% was too generous so why was MHCLG

concerned about viability of scheme? new CIL charges just meant new viability

analysis

8/


MHCLG aware that in August 2019 there was a separate public examination looking

at viability of sites in the area as part of the new CIL rates (approved 15.1.2020)

Examiner Terrence Kemmann-Lane agreed that the new CIL rates justified in

October 2019

9/

https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/planning_and_building_control/Infrastruct

ure_planning/CIL-submission-and-examination.aspx

In his report Westferry Printworks mentioned 6 times & developer had opportunity

in public examination to challenge new CIL rates

So why MHCLG 2 months later concerned that a delay could impact viability when 2

months earlier independent examiner said would not?

10/

Other key issue is that @mhclg first reaction was that the Councils request for

information was that it was a "fishing expedition" although took them 15 days to write

that!

So why after judicial review submitted did MHCLG fold and @RobertJenrick admit


his decision "unlawful"

11

@mhclg need to disclose all documents requested by TH Council in its JR application

as well as answer why they ignored their own Inspector & the CIL Examiner on

viability issues

We also need to find out why MHCLG did not defend decision, so I will pay for court

transcript

12/

Two key questions;

a. Why did @RobertJenrick in late December decide to grant planning permission

after spending time with team from developer about 4-5 weeks earlier? why not

recuse himself as we would have done locally, what did he declare & when to his civil

servants?

13/


. Why did Jenrick & MHCLG think a delay could impact viability of development

contrary to two separate public examinations held a few months earlier? they still had

2 months to issue decision so why not use that time to resolve £40 million issue, why

time > important than £?

14

We await to see whether @cabinetofficeuk & @CommonsHCLG will follow up on this

or not

First FOI responses due 24th June

@OnLondon @CharlesWright57 @billykenber

@ELAdvertiser @RachaelBurford @henry_mcdonald @HuffPost @PlanningMag

JR docs here

westferry Printworks Judicial review documents

Three documents attached; Tower Hamlets Judicial Review application here &

below GLA Judicial Review Application here I also have the developers response

to the GLA judicial review but it is a...

http://www.cllrandrewwood.com/news/westferry-printworks-judicial-review-documents

15/

• • •


Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

3 Jun 20 • 3 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1268124358297497603

Submitted an 8 page letter to the @metpoliceuk,

@cabinetofficeuk, @CommonsHCLG, @mhclg requesting

an investigation of @RobertJenrick decision to approve

Westferry Printworks with reason why I think this needs

investigating as I still do not

1/

Copy in link

Request for investigation into the decision of the Secretary of State Ro…

Email sent today 3rd June to the Cabinet Office, Met Police, House of Commons

MHCLG Select Committee and copied into the Ministry of Housing, Communities

and Local Government (MHCLG). I will post...

http://www.cllrandrewwood.com/news/request-for-investigation-into-the-decision-of-the-…


understand the timing of the decision & the acceptance of the reduction in affordable

housing from 35% down to 21%

It so obviously benefits the developer & is contrary to the public interest that we need

a better explanation then that currently offered by the Minister

2/


I understand that the Met Police have already been called in according to @HuffPost

following @Andrew_Adonis request. My letter provides them I hope with key points

of inquiry & background to the issues

My own FOI responses from @mhclg due 24th June

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/robert-jenrick-met-policewestferry_uk_5ed51afec5b66d911c47ecdf

3/

• • •


Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

30 May 20 • 2 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1266846307001544705

@RobertJenrick should have recused himself from the

planning decision after this ‘meeting’ at a fund raising

dinner, presence of Mace staff & Northern & Shell

Commercial Director at dinner suggest they came

prepared to talk to him about Westferry Printworks

planning application

MoS_Politics

@MoS_Politics

EXC: Robert Jenrick sat next to Richard Desmond at a Tory

fundraiser just weeks before the Housing Secretary gave

the green-light to the tycoon's controversial £1bn property

deal.

Desmond brought it up over dinner... but Jenrick insists he

shut the conversation down...

9:11 PM · May 30, 2020

1.8K 1.5K people are Tweeting about this

Full story here

2/


Cabinet minister accused of bias in £1billion planning row

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick last night admitted that tycoon Richard Desmond

and his team raised the subject of their 1,500-home planning application with him

at a fundraiser.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8373141/Cabinet-minister-accused-bias-1billio…

• • •


Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

30 May 20 • 5 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1266674081061113861

Another Westferry Printworks mystery

Twice on this site @TowerHamletsNow fail to make a

decision within statutory deadlines (actually miss 2nd one

by months)

July 2018 submit 2nd application

Deadline November 2018

But no decision made by March 2019

Developer appeals to PINS

1/

Which then means Jenrick gets involved

TH Council had cancelled a number of Strategic Development C'tees that year, not

enough business

The 2018 application was very similar (just taller then 2015 scheme) so no reason

why they could not make a decision within time, see below

2/


Happy it appears for others to make this decision

Contrary to the impression now given by @MayorJohnBiggs

TH Council wanted somebody else to make this decision, perhaps so they could

blame somebody else?

In the new Local Plan they say this site suitable for tall buildings

3/

The odd thing is same thing happened in 2015/16

Application submitted August 2015 (consultation started May 2014)

Deadline December 2015

Late January 2016 developer appeals to then Mayor of London Boris Johnson

Decision made by Sir Ed Lister April 2016

4/


Why Tower Hamlets Council twice on this site misses the deadline to make a

decision?

First one maybe understandable they were busy, 2nd time for such a similar scheme?,

see pic for differences Knowing developer has appealed once before suggests

avoidance of a decision, why?

5/

• • •


Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

30 May 20 • 3 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1266660813059883008

Westferry Printworks, why did MHCLG allow developer to

offer so little compared to other developers?

In The Times this quote from @mhclg that a 3 day delay

"could impact on the viability of the development" as

would then have to pay £40 million approximately of CIL

1/

But if you compare to other nearby recent schemes that also include land for schools

(my table)

They offer 35% affordable housing + pay CIL + provide land for schools

But Westferry, no CIL, only 21% affordable housing + land for school

Printworks site more attractive, by docks

2/

Thames river views, walking distance to Canary Wharf & mudchute farm etc etc

Land acquired cheaply years ago for printing


So why can it deliver so much less then nearby similar schemes & need this extra

financial help from MHCLG?

The Times article here

Questions over Robert Jenrick’s approval of Tory donor Richard Desm…

The housing secretary is facing calls for an inquiry into his decision unlawfully to

approve the property development of a billionaire who once donated to the

Conservative Party.Mike Amesbury, the

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/questions-over-robert-jenricks-approval-of-tory-dono…

3/

• • •


Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

27 May 20 • 3 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1265639727300042764

Westferry Printworks Consent Order now public

Key points 2 to 6 on page 3

@RobertJenrick accepts his 14th Jan decision "was

unlawful by reason of apparent bias" & that he made

decision on that date so as to avoid 15th Jan decision on

new CIL rates helping developer avoid £40m

1/


Robert Jenrick did not deal with developer dropping affordable housing % from 35%

to 21%

Previous 2016 application was 20% affordable + land for school + money for new

pontoons & no CIL

New twice the size 2019 planning application only increases affordable % to 21%?

2/

Sir Ed Lister, when faced with similar situation in 2016 when he approved 1st scheme

on this site asked external consultants to calculate correct affordable housing = 20%

Jenrick should have done the same rather than accept 21% on a scheme twice as big

but chose not to, why?

3/

• • •


Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

27 May 20 • 2 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1265543400507478021

First of two articles from @thetimes into @RobertJenrick

about Westferry Printworks including my quote "The

reasons for the minister’s decision and his

correspondence with the developer should be put in the

public domain and investigated by the appropriate

authorities.”

1/

Louisa Clarence-Smith

@LouisaClarence

The housing secretary has accepted he showed “apparent

bias” when he gave the green light for Richard Desmond's

Westferry Printworks, just in time for the billionaire to avoid

an estimated £40m bill for local infrastructure works

‘Biased’ Robert Jenrick backed mogul’s £1bn Isle of Dogs deal

The housing secretary unlawfully approved a property development of a

billionaire tycoon who once donated to the Conservative Party.Robert …

thetimes.co.uk

5:56 AM · May 27, 2020

51 47 people are Tweeting about this

2nd @thetimes leading article also calls for scrutiny into @RobertJenrick decision

over Westferry Printworks

I will do an FOI to @mhclg today

But the GLA & Tower Hamlets Council also need to put more detail into the public

domain including documents

2/

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/biased-robert-jenrick-backed-moguls-1bn-isleof-dogs-deal-kxgw67jlj


• • •


Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

22 May 20 • 6 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1263816631643451393

@RobertJenrick makes a planning decision on Westferry

Printworks but now "He accepted that the decision letter

was unlawful by reason of apparent bias and should be

quashed"

Given that £30-50 million was at stake

1/

Francis Taylor Building

https://www.ftbchambers.co.uk/news/westferry-printworkssecretary-state-accepts-%E2%80%9Capparentbias%E2%80%9D-his-decision-and-consents-judgment

via @FTB_law

I think @RobertJenrick needs to publish all correspondence between himself & the

developer Northern & Shell and that it should be investigated by the appropriate

authorities given the amount of money at stake

Why did he make the decision when he did against inspectors advice?

2/

His decision was the clincher for me quitting the @conservatives in February. It was

so obvious that there was something wrong with his decision & the timing of it (the

CIL issue was mentioned in correspondence as a problem)

Was he doing a favour for the developer?

3/


or trying to prove he could deliver lots of new homes before a Cabinet reshuffe?

But he has left us with substantial costs from last years enquiry which we won

5 options now exist for this important site on the Isle of Dogs

4/

1. They build 2016 planning application for 722 homes

2. They submit a brand new planning application

3. They redo last years examination and have a different minister make a decision,

ground hog day

4. Sell the site

5. Wait to see what happens with COVID, could wait yrs

5/

@TowerHamletsNow should now get on and build new secondary school on the site,

we cannot wait much longer

& never again not make a decision on a planning application & allow outsiders to be

brought into the make the decision, happened twice on this site in 2016 & 2018

6/

• • •


Andrew Wood

@Andrewwood17

15 May 20 • 4 tweets • Andrewwood17/status/1261309248874651649

@RobertJenrick @team_greenhalgh with one exception

construction work never stopped in my area so it is rather

odd that you have now extending working hours with no

guidance on level of noise allowed after children go to

bed?

If work continues after 6pm

1/

https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/writtenquestions-answers-statements/writtenstatement/Lords/2020-05-13/HLWS230/

then there should be guidance on level of noise allowed & types of operation with

loudest work restricted to normal hrs in residential areas

But statement not explicit on this

Also COVID not only threat to worker safety, accidents happen when people are tired,

9pm is late!

2/

Lastly given number of people working from home have you agreed with @beisgovuk

@CommonsBEIS loss of efficiency in other sectors from less rest/quiet at home?

Why choose construction over other work from home industries?

3/

I know some big house-builders stopped work but many sites in London continued as

normal so not clear whether construction industry really needs these extra hours

Has @mhclg done any analysis on loss of construction hours across country since

lockdown to justify?@CommonsHCLG

4/

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The Problem is explained simply,

There is a Three Tier Planning system in our Metropolitan Governance

System, Central Government , London Wide ( Mayoral) and Local Borough

Level.

All the policy operates under something called the National Planning Policy

Framework (NPPF) and there are various hierarchies of

Planning “Hadith” which the Planning Priests afford different levels of

importance.

There is an excellent Novel called The Scheme for full Employment by a Novelist

called Magnus Mills.

There are two groups of Protagonists in the Novel The early Swervers and

the Work to Rulers, both are engaged in the pointless process of Building

UniVans for a State Monopoly government Enterprise.

In Arguments which concern the wrong object it is hardly surprising that as

Benjamin Franklin says about such discussions,

Benjamin Franklin,

´´every Day find Men in Conversation contending warmly on some

Point in Politicks, which, altho’ it may nearly concern them both,

neither of them understand any more than they do each other.´´


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Extracts from the Above 2010 Paper follow, They are relevant to the Question.

ARE WE A HOME OWNING DEMOCRACY OR A RENT SEEKING BANANA REPUBLIC?

The critical component that brought the financial system to a momentary standstill was more

of an old-fashioned speculation gone wrong: the $62 trillion dollar credit-default swap crisis that

exploded on the scene in September 2008, a full year after the sub-prime mortgage of August

2007 (see Figure 4). This was more than the combined domestic product of all countries in

the world, $54 trillion. Figure 4 shows the extremely sharp growth over an extremely short

period of time, from 2001 to 2007. While much attention has gone to sub-prime mortgages as

causes of the financial crisis, the $60 trillion in swaps in mid-2008 is what really got the financial

crisis going. Declining house prices, high foreclosure rates, declining global trade, rising

unemployment, all alerted investors that something was not right. This, in turn, led those who had

bought credit-default swaps as a sort of ‘insurance’ to want to cash in. But the sellers of these

swaps had not expected this downturn or the demand to cash in from those whom they had

sold these credit-swaps. They were not ready, and this catapulted much of the financial sector

into crisis. Not everybody lost. Among the winners are also those who ‘shorted’ sub-prime

mortgage securities: once again, Soros is the emblematic actor in this parallel circuit, making well

over $3 billion on the sub-prime mortgage crisis, just as he did on the British pound’s fallout

from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM).These credit-default swaps are part of what

has come to be referred to as the shadow banking

system. According to some analysts this shadow banking system accounted for 70% of banking

at the time that the crisis explodes. The shadow banking system is not informal, illegal, or

clandestine. Not at all: it is in the open, but it has thrived on the opaqueness of the investment

instruments. The complexity of many financial instruments is such that nobody can actually trace

Banks are far more exposed to risky real estate loans than you think — thanks to this loophole

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Six honest working Men. Tychastic Principles of Market realism.

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This shadow banking system has thrived on the recoding of instruments, which, at the limit,

allowed illegal practices to thrive. For instance, it is now clear that credit-default swaps were

sold as a type of insurance. But rather they were actually derivatives. If they would have


een sold as insurance the law requires they be backed by capital reserves and be subject to

considerable regulation. Making them into derivatives was a de facto deregulation and eliminated

the capital reserves requirement. Credit-default swaps could not have grown so fast and

reached such extreme values if they had been sold as insurance, which would have been the

lawful way. None of the financial firms had the capital reserves they would have needed to

back $60 trillion in insurance. Because they were recoded as derivatives, they could have an

almost vertical growth curve beginning as recently as 2001.It is important to emphasize that the

viral infection of sub-prime mortgages originated in the

United States but spread to other countries via the globalization of financial markets. This spread

was helped by the fact that non-national investors are, as a group, the single largest buyers of

some of the weakest types of mortgage instruments. Together with banks, non-national mortgage

buyers are over a third of all sub-prime mortgage holders. Foreign ownership strengthens the

potential for spill-over effects well beyond the United States.

Heres the beef


An important question raised by these developments is the extent to which developed and

developing countries will follow this troublesome ‘development’ path. It has become another

way of extracting value from individuals. In this case, through home mortgages that even

very poor households are invited to buy, partly because the sellers are merely after the contract

that represents an asset, in order to bundle them up and sell the package to an investor, thereby

passing on the risk and removing an incentive to care whether the home owner manages to pay

the mortgage. Table 7 and Figure 5 show the rapid growth over a very short period of time in the

ratio of household debt to personal disposable income, and, secondly, the fact that in some

of these countries, much of this debt is foreign-owned—an indication of an emerging global

financial market materialities are excluded from this type of articulation with high-finance—

which means that the devastated neighborhoods are expelled from what are, strictly speaking, also

traditional circuits of capital.

It is akin to wanting only the horns of the rhino, and throwing away the rest of the

animal, devaluing it, no matter its multiple utilities. Or using the human body to harvest

some organs, and seeing no value in all the other organs, let alone the full human being —it


can all be discarded. But unlike the clear realignments we see in vast stretches of the global

South, it is not clear how these devastated urban spaces in the global North will be incorporated

into the circuits of advanced capitalism.

This systemic shift signals that the sharp increase in displaced One way of thinking of this systemic

deepening is as the expansion of the operational space

for advanced capitalism—it expels people both in the global South and in the North even as it

incorporates spaces. The devastated economies of the global South subjected to a full decade or

two of debt servicing, are now being incorporated into the circuits of advanced capitalism

through the accelerated acquisition of millions of hectares of land by foreign investors—to

grow food and extract water and minerals, all for the capital investing countries. This also

holds for such a radically different instance as the sub-prime mortgage crisis, a largely global

North dynamic. I see the sub-prime mortgage as extending the domain for high finance but in

a way that delinks the financial circuit from the actual material entity that is the house, and

hence from the neighborhood, and from the people who got the mortgage. All of these peoples, in

poverty, in deaths from curable illnesses, are part of this new phase. Key features of primitive

accumulation are at work, but to see this it is critical to go beyond logics of extraction and to

recognize the fact of systemic transformation, with its system-changing practices and projects—the

expulsion of people that transforms space back to territory, with its diverse potentials

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