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26/06/2019

Mayor approves affordable housing for Kensington

Words: Laura Edgar
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved 62 homes for social rent and a hotel in Kensington.

Proposals to redevelop the Kensington Forum Hotel were initially rejected by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in September last year. It included 46 homes, 20 of which had been designated as affordable.

Khan called in the application last November. He negotiated with the developer, who has now agreed to deliver 62 affordable homes.

The scheme also includes a 749-bedroom hotel and 340 serviced apartments.

Khan said: “I welcome the developer committing to provide 100 per cent social housing in this scheme – in a borough that has consistently failed to meet its housing targets.

“I will do everything in my power to increase the delivery of new social rented and other genuinely affordable homes across the capital.

“These plans also include hundreds of new hotel rooms, which is critical to maintaining the capital’s status as a leading global tourist destination. It’s vital we give all visitors the best possible experience throughout their stay in London.

“As such, having considered all the evidence available to me, I have decided to approve this application.”

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