CALLS are mounting for Waltham Forest Council to be investigated after it fast-tracked plans to turn Walthamstow Stadium into a housing estate – preventing the government from stepping in to stop it.
Chingford MP Iain Duncan Smith and Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy both urged residents to write to Mr Pickles, saying he had 21 days to take action before the council formally acknowledged Mr Johnson’s decision and issued final planning permission.
But the council then took the step of quickly issuing the paperwork within 48 hours, leaving Mr Pickles powerless to intervene.
Mr Duncan Smith is among those now calling for Whitehall to investigate the council’s actions and claims that it is biased in favour of the scheme’s developers, housing association London and Quadrant (L&Q).
The council has always strongly denied that it has been anything less than independent throughout the process.
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