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21/10/2019

100% affordable housing scheme gets the go-ahead in London

Words: Laura Edgar
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has granted planning permission to a 168-home development in Wandsworth, London.

Wandsworth Council's planning committee rejected the application by Hollybrook Ltd in May.

The proposal comprises the demolition of existing buildings to make way for a mixed-use development. Buildings will range between 10 and 14 storeys in height, and deliver business floor space, commercial floor space and bike-parking spaces.

The mayor called in the scheme, on Osiers Road, in June to subject it to further scrutiny. It was approved following a public hearing at City Hall. Local residents, councillors and other interested parties spoke for and against the application.

The level of affordable housing has been increased from 39 per cent to 100 per cent. Of these, 55 per cent – 93 homes – will be available as shared ownership and 45 per cent – 75 homes – will be available at social rent levels.

The mayor's office said the development would meet 12 per cent of the affordable housing target in the Wandsworth Local Plan (294 homes a year between 2015 and 2020).

Khan said: “This development will provide a significant number of much-needed new social rented and other genuinely affordable homes in an area where supply has consistently failed to meet targets.

“Since I called in this application for further scrutiny, my team has been successful in ensuring every new home in this development will be genuinely affordable. The design is of a high quality and includes commercial space which will have a positive impact on the local economy.

“Having considered all the evidence available to me, I’ve decided to approve this development.”

The developer will make a contribution of more than £80,000 to fund local apprenticeships both during and after construction.

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