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20/09/2018

Khan approves Notting Hill Gate housing plans

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Mayor of London has granted permission for a development in Notting Hill after working with the developer to secure amendments to the scheme, including a large element of affordable housing.

In March, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council refused the application, which at that point included 17 per cent affordable housing, and 46 homes in total.

Sadiq Khan then called in the application.

A statement from the mayor’s office explained that the council has “consistently failed” to meet targets for new and affordable homes, with no affordable homes approved last year.

Khan and his planning team have worked to increase the number of homes to 55, and the level of affordable housing to 17 to 35 per cent, with two-thirds of these homes to be marketed at social rent prices. The remaining will be capped below London Living Rent levels.

The development also comprises a medical centre, step-free access to the nearby Notting Hill Gate underground station, a new public square with permanent pedestrian and cycle access.

Khan said: “Having considering all the evidence available to me – and following hard work by my planning team to increase the level of affordable housing – I have decided to grant permission for this development.

“What’s more, the development will also include important new step-free access to Notting Hill Gate station – a major improvement benefiting local residents and visitors coming to enjoy this vibrant and exciting part of the capital.

“London’s housing crisis won’t be solved overnight – but I hope this will send a clear message that I expect developments to include more genuinely affordable housing and other benefits for local people."

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