By Dave Hill.
"There was always going to be conflict between Mayor Johnson's conservationist instincts and his wish to leave the boroughs alone. Two good examples are now making themselves known. Tomorrow, Tory-run Bromley will almost certainly go ahead with LDA plans to build nearly 200 houses on a piece of Crystal Palace Park as part of a larger development. The Crystal Palace Community Association has been fighting against it, but the Standard's Mira Bar Hillel has reported that Mayor Johnson has made good on the promise he gave at People's Question Time a few weeks back not to intervene.
Meanwhile, in Forest Hill in Labour-led Lewisham another local campaign has won coverage in the South London Press and support from Brockley Central in its struggle to prevent - ironically - an "eco-homes" development on a piece of land adjoining Tyson Road where stag beetles thrive. Boris again appears reluctant to get involved. One of the campaigners told me this afternoon that he'd received only standard responses to his letters to the mayor, which was much the same as when he'd lobbied Ken Livingstone. The mayor won't want to hear sentiments like that expressed too frequently.
Written by Dave Hill for the Guardian, the 8th of December, 2008
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