Developers planning to expand a giant shopping centre in west London are under fire for including too few affordable homes.
One man has been convicted of murder and two of violent disorder after the fatal stabbing of Liam Woodards in Westfield shopping centre.
A man who was stabbed to death at a busy shopping centre just yards from the Olympic Park has been named by police.
London Assembly Green Party Member, Darren Johnson, said:
"This outrageous decision puts the interests of rich property developers before Londoners who need affordable housing. We need property and land taxes to dampen demand from the super-rich and a much higher level of investment in affordable housing."
Darren Johnson added: "City Hall recently produced new research on London’s housing needs. To fix our housing problems over the next ten years it suggested we needed to build 62,000 homes a year, of which 41,000 should be affordable homes. So two thirds should be affordable homes.
"But the Mayor keeps signing off developments like the Westfield expansion that are a long way from providing this."
– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
Westfield has had a transformational impact on Shepherds Bush and White City, kickstarting widespread social and economic regeneration.
This expansion will create thousands of much-needed new homes and jobs and ensure that the area remains one of West London’s leading shopping destinations for many years to come.
City Hall claims the development will create 6,700 jobs. @itvlondon
London mayor Boris Johnson has approved a £1 billion expansion of the Westfield shopping centre in Shepherds Bush.
The new scheme will see the arrival of John Lewis and 1,300 new homes. Just 12% will be affordable.
A teenage footballer has been sentenced to at least 18 years behind bars for murdering a man during a "horrific scene of complete bedlam" at Westfield Stratford shopping centre just weeks before the 2012 Olympic Games.
The throwing of a yoghurt pot sparked the mass brawl between two gangs on June 29, 2012, during which Liam Woodards, who had been out celebrating his 24th birthday, was stabbed, the Old Bailey heard.
Nii-Azu Kojo-Smith lunged forward and stabbed him in the chest in front of horrified shoppers.
As the victim lay dying, the fight moved on to Stratford Tube Station where one of Mr Woodards's friends stabbed one of the opposing group.
Following a three-month retrial, Kojo-Smith, 19, of Hackney, east London, was found guilty of Mr Woodards's murder by a majority of 11 to 1.
The father of a 24-year-old man who was stabbed to death at Westfield shopping centre in 2012 has released a statement about the impact his son's death has had on him. Liam Woodards was stabbed by 18-year-old Nii-Azu Kojo-Smith, who was today convicted of his murder.
Liam Woodards died from a single stab wound to the chest. His father Roy said the effect of losing his son had been devastating.
– Roy Savery, Liam Woodards' father
When I received the news of Liam’s death I was in shock. Since that day my life has not been the same. It feels as if a part of me is missing. It hurts to know that I will no longer hear Liam’s voice or see his face again. All the words of comfort and reassurance from friends and family can never change the hurt I feel inside. I had a very good relationship with Liam and his brother. I have fond memories of taking my son Liam and his brother Daniel to football on Sunday. I also remember the family holidays to Clacton on Sea which Liam loved. He would bring his friends along with us."
He added: "Liam was very outgoing, sociable and kind. I was proud to have him as my son. The pain of losing my loving son is so great; I would not wish any parent to endure this pain."
Anselm Legemah, 18, has been convicted of one count of violent disorder, following the fatal stabbing of Liam Woodards in Westfield shopping centre in 2012. He will be sentenced on 7th April 2014.
Tony Caton, 22, of Stratford has been convicted of two counts of violent disorder, in relation to an incident which led to the fatal stabbing of Liam Woodards in 2012. He will be sentenced on 7th April 2014.