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Khan takes over two planning applications

Words: Laura Edgar
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has stepped in to take responsibility for two planning applications in the capital in a bid to secure more affordable housing.

Haringey Council rejected an application for 505 homes, including a 21-storey tower block at Hale Wharf in Tottenham over concerns about it being too tall and that it would adversely impact on green belt land.

Harrow Council rejected a 186-home application in Palmerston Road, Wealdstone, because the 17-storey development was considered too high.

Khan said his interventions on the applications will allow City Hall to help create “more suitable proposals and secure hundreds of genuinely affordable homes”.

Both sites sit within designated Opportunity Areas and Housing Zones, which are areas of land considered suitable for development.

City Hall planners will now work with the developers on each application to “protect the green belt from development” at Hale Wharf and look to secure as much affordable house as possible.

Khan, said: “These developments have the potential to bring real benefits as part of the wider regeneration of Tottenham Hale and Wealdstone, including hundreds of genuinely affordable new homes. However, each proposal needs work if they are to realise that potential.

“I have asked my planning team to work with both local authorities to bring forward revised proposals that could produce better schemes that will protect the green belt from development and will deliver much-needed affordable housing.”

Khan added that he will consider both schemes at representation hearings that will be held later in the year.

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