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Development approved after mayor doubles affordable housing

Words: Laura Edgar
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved a new residential development in Mill Hill, North London, after he stepped in to double the level of affordable housing.

Barnet Council refused permission for the development, to be located on the former National Institute for Medical Research site, in February this year, against the advice of its planning officers.

The plans at that time included 20 per cent affordable housing – 92 homes for shared ownership. Khan called in the plans and at this point the application also included a £4.56 million contribution to affordable housing.

Khan used his planning powers to negotiate an increase in the amount of affordable housing to 40 per cent, meaning 185 homes will be affordable (131 for shared ownership and 54 at social rent levels).

Khan said: “Delivering more of the genuinely affordable homes Londoners need is one of my top priorities as mayor, and I will use all the tools at my disposable to do so.

“This development offers a significant number of high-quality homes which will be available through shared ownership, to help people struggling to buy a home on the open market. I have also been able to secure new homes at social rent levels within the development, which is key to helping Londoners on low incomes and to making sure we build a mixed community here.”

The mayor said he and his team had ensured that 119 trees on the site that would have been felled will now be retained, and another 91 trees will be planted.

A number of sports pitches owned privately will be transferred to the local council for community use as part of the development.

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