Khan approves two housing developments
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has given consent for two high-density developments that both include more than 30 per cent affordable housing.
The applications were called in by Khan in January, the first time he had done this since his election in May last year, after they were refused by their borough councils.
Hale Wharf, a short walk from Tottenham Hale station in Zone 3, is a 21-storey development that features 505 homes, with at least 35 per cent (177 homes) affordable housing. This is an increase from 9 per cent when Khan said he first saw the scheme.
The second development is on Harrow’s Palmerstone Road, near Harrow & Wealdstone station in Zone 5. It comprises 186 homes, of which 41 per cent (74 homes) will be affordable.
Khan said: “Having carefully considered all the evidence available to me, I am confident both these high-density developments will deliver hundreds of the much-needed, genuinely affordable homes Londoners need in areas of the capital ripe for further development.
“We’ve worked with the applicant on the Hale Wharf scheme in Haringey to increase the level of affordable housing and ensure the project will not encroach on our precious green belt, as was the case in earlier designs.”
He said both schemes are close to transport links, which is one of the “key factors” in determining where major housing developments should be built.
“Building the homes Londoners urgently need will mean town centres and suburbs becoming denser, so we expect developers to continue to come up with high-quality designs which don’t have a negative impact on their surroundings.”
Image credit | Ewan Munro
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