Boris Johnson has been accused of hypocrisy after he objected to a scheme for 514 homes in his constituency claiming it was “inappropriate” and “out of character” for the area.
In letters obtained by The Times through a Freedom of Information request, Mr Johnson said that the plans for houses in his Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat constituted “overdevelopment”.
Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, has now intervened in the case and is blocking planning permission from being granted to the scheme, which includes 179 affordable homes.
Earlier this year the prime minister unveiled radical reforms to overhaul the planning system and limit people’s ability to object to individual applications. He recently decried the “cumbersome planning procedures” that prevented young people from getting on the housing