New about the Pizza Express appeal hearing:

Live news from the appeal hearing: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 12:07:55

Total mess!

We are there in force – about 40 of us.  tho lots of us have had to leave now.

The inspector and the appellants, ie the developers, first went to the Town Hall and started.

We are all in the right place round the corner in Cartwright Gardens.

They stopped and came over.

The venue has no adequate wheelchair access and one member is in a wheelchair. Cue: Search for a new venue.

Meanwhile we sort of start at about 11.00.  Objections from the developers about where they were told to go.  They also want a full public enquiry. (much more expensive and favours them)

Looks like the inspector will hear some evidence today but says she will have to hear more evidence another day – probably mid November

If you want to go down to hear the speeches of the protesters it’s in Cartwright Gardens: Mabledon Place leads into it from Euston Road almost opposite the British Library.  opposite the tennis courts.

Full report later. …………….

 

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a bit later:

The hearing did go ahead and evidence was taken.

Opponents of the development spoke eloquently about the marked contrast between the distinguished existing building and the mish-mash that is proposed.

The Inspector has fixed a further hearing date for the 28th November, at Senate House this time, starting at 1.00pm, with a site visit the next day.

More detailed report to follow.