Chaos exploded at a council planning meeting after local residents yelled expletives and even threw a chair over a scheme to build new houses near their homes.
In aggressive scenes that made the infamous Handforth Parish Council viral video look like a teddy bears’ picnic, one woman yelled she hoped the new development would be bombed.
Another screamed out ‘You b******s, you will be sacked’ after planning permission was granted.
Howls of ‘you’re turning this town into a sh**hole’ and ‘you haven’t even been there, you don’t know how horrible it is’, were heard during the tense encounter.
Then one woman bellowed ‘It looks like a f**** prison when you see it. I hope al-Qaeda bombs the f***** ugly thing.’
As she was urged to leave by an official she put her papers away and picked up a walking crutch.
She fired off as she departed :’I hope you sleep well at night known that you have destroyed and you are destroying a beautiful town. How dare you. How f***** dare you’.
The woman then picked up a chair and hurled it to the ground before being led away.
Two women appeared to be the most upset about the planning development and let rip
One lady, who had earlier said she hoped the development would be bombed, got to her feet
She grabbed a nearby chair before hurling it onto the table and then to the ground in front
It was all broadcast live to Camden Council’s website, with all people at the meeting told it could be seen online by anyone.
The Camden New Journal said councillors voted in favour of building the four new three-storey homes in Gondar Gardens near the site of the former reservoir.
The application would see the new builds, cycle parking and bin storage positioned between a small patch of lush land with two trees between Gondar Gardens and the rear of Hillfield Road in West Hampstead.
Marie Adie, who lives nearby, said it was ‘obscene’ that the council’s planning department had called the impact ‘immaterial’.
The Camden paper reported objectors were given five minutes to make their case, even though a discussion over whether a screen could be shared to the meeting took several minutes beforehand.
Her written objection had said: ‘The scheme would block our main source of light and render our flat much darker.
‘It is shocking and appalling that the planning officer didn’t even bother to do a site visit and considers the loss of daylight ‘immaterial’,’ their objection said.
‘By granting this application the planning committee would deprive us of light – and the other three residents on the south side – and spoil our enjoyment of our home to the degree where we would have to consider moving out.’
The application would see the new builds, cycle parking and bin storage positioned between a small patch of lush land with two trees between Gondar Gardens and the rear of Hillfield Road in West Hampstead
Pictured: The proposed rear elevation including lightwell
Designs for the buildings that caused the enormous row to kick off at the meeting
An artist’s impression of the rear of the four new-build homes that have just been approved for construction in Gondar Gardens, West Hampstead
The site on Gondar Gardens that will soon be cleared for the construction of four new three-storey homes
Fury erupted at a Camden Council planning meeting over the development of four new homes on this site in Gondar Gardens, West Hampstead
Top-down plans show the area of development of four new homes on Gondar Gardens
Cecilia Adie told how she had seen bats flying in ‘figures of eight’ around the site, adding: ‘It was the most enchanting manifestation of nature I’ve ever seen.’
Ward councillor Lorna Russell added: ‘The geometrics are a 45 degree roof, as well as the red brick which just does not blend with the frontage of the mansion blocks at this part of Gondar Gardens.’
Conservative committee member Councillor Andrew Parkinson said: ‘It seems to me it’s made no attempt whatsoever to fit in with local character. There’s the red brick but also this sort of V shaped design which isn’t something that you really see in the local area.’
Camden’s planning officers had recommended permission be granted in a report.
Pictured: The plans for the new building. Cecilia Adie told how she had seen bats flying in ‘figures of eight’ around the site, adding: ‘It was the most enchanting manifestation of nature I’ve ever seen’
Councillors voted in favour of building the four new three-storey homes in Gondar Gardens
One woman stood up to leave after a council official went to speak to her after the outburst
Their findings said: ‘The proposed development would occupy most of the currently open plot with a new three storey building.
‘There would be some impacts on residential amenities of neighbouring occupiers but these are considered acceptable on balance, and any harm found would need to be balanced against the scheme’s contribution towards housing.’
‘Some temporary harm would be had during construction; however, this would be managed via a recommended Construction Management Plan. Overall, the proposals would deliver a good mix of new homes, with a high-quality design, and excellent sustainability credentials.
It added: ‘Officers have given significant weight to the environmental credentials of the scheme, the design quality, and the delivery of new homes (including a payment-lieu of affordable housing) and recommend approval.’
Source: Daily Mail UK