Annie Hampson, the City of London council’s chief planning officer and development director was the recipient of an OBE for ‘services to planning in London’ in the New Year’s Honours list. Presumably these services include helping the City foist Taylor Wimpey’s The Denizen AKA The Turd on local residents in Cripplegate, a development that will block sunlight from schools, homes and a local park; and which replaces 110 social housing units for key workers with a block of luxury flats that contains no social or affordable housing whatsoever. For this and other exercises in screwing over ordinary people in both the City and Islington – think of the Culture Mile too – we’ve no doubt the powers that be believe Hampson really deserves this ‘honour’. According to Architects’ Journal:
Hampson joined the corporation, which looks after the Square Mile as well as Tower Bridge and the Barbican Arts Centre, in 1989. She currently leads a team of 40 people responsible for managing and promoting development and safeguarding the historic environment.
She said: ‘It is a great honour to receive this recognition for my contribution to planning in London. It would not be possible without my excellent colleagues within the City Corporation and those I have worked with across London, as well as my family.
‘I am grateful that this job has provided me with the opportunity to work on so many iconic projects and to be able to promote planning as a great career, for women in particular.’
City of London planning tsar recognised in New Year’s Honours by Greg Pitcher, Architects’ Journal, 3 January 2018.
If Hampson was actually ‘safeguarding the historic environment’ as Greg Pitcher claims, she would have fought tooth and nail to stop Taylor Wimpey being granted planning permission for The Turd. This poorly designed and overscaled building is a completely unsuitable neighbour for the listed modernist architecture to its north (Golden Lane Estate) and its south (The Barbican Estate); as well as being an unsuitable neighbour to Fortune Street Park to the east from which the development will block all afternoon sun between September to March. The fact Hampson hasn’t vigorously opposed The Turd and the Culture Mile shows she has no respect for the local community; like the City of London council who employ her, she puts profit before people.
Annie Hampson, a typical time serving recipient of an OBE!
In a 30 December 2017 story more focused on a knighthood for former City of London Mayor Andrew Parmley, Jo Davy at City Matters quoted Hampson as saying the same things as Architects’ Journal, but also included this quote from her which wasn’t in the latter’s coverage: “For almost 30 years, I have been involved in some way with virtually every planning project in the City of London, resulting in the redevelopment of over a third of the City.” So it seems we are quite justified in holding her, among others, as being partly responsible for The Turd and the Culture Mile.
Hampson’s career began as a graduate planner at Surrey County Council in 1974. She subsequently worked at the London boroughs of Islington and Kensington and Chelsea. Hampson was an assistant city planning officer at the City of London, before being promoted to planning services and development director in August 1997, and then planning chief in 2014. In other words she’s a time server. Just because Hampson got a New Year’s ‘honour’ doesn’t mean she isn’t unpopular in Cripplegate and Islington’s neighbouring Bunhill ward! Such ‘honours’ don’t mean shit to a community that’s had The Turd imposed upon it. And as for Parmley’s knighthood, he and other former mayors like ‘Sir’ Michael Bear can stuff it up their jumper!
City of London planning tsar recognised in New Year’s Honours by Greg Pitcher: https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/city-of-london-planning-tsar-recognised-in-new-years-honours/10026664.article
Former Lord Mayor knighted in New Year Honours by Jo Davy: http://www.citymatters.london/former-lord-mayor-knighted-new-years-honours/