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Khan intervenes for second time to raise affordable housing provision

Words: Huw Morris

London mayor Sadiq Khan has for the second time this month approved a development after intervening to raise the proportion of affordable housing on the scheme.

In the latest decision, Khan approved National Grid UK Pension Scheme’s plans for a 385-home mixed-use development in Wandsworth after negotiations with the Greater London Authority on its viability increased the affordable element to 35 per cent.

The original application, rejected by the London Borough of Wandsworth for its height, scale and proximity to a conservation area, envisaged 343 homes with 25 per cent of them affordable.

The increased affordable element triggers the fast-track route threshold target of 35 per cent as set out in Khan’s supplementary planning guidance on affordable housing and viability.

In an earlier decision, Khan backed Barratt’s 460-home scheme on a green belt site in the London Borough of Barnet after negotiations doubled the affordable housing element to 40 per cent.

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