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Government calls in disputed Wandsworth housing scheme

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A housing development by BurlandTM that has sparked a dispute between London mayor Ken Livingstone and Wandsworth Borough Council has been called in under 'article 14' for government review as both sides accuse the other of lying.

Livingstone and Wandsworth have clashed over affordable housing provided by a riverside development at Falcon Wharf. Wandsworth has accused the mayor of 'meddling' in its affairs after he persuaded developers Frogmore Estates to alter its scheme after it had received planning permission.

Wandsworth claims its scheme would have provided 35 affordable homes from 149 flats and accuses the mayor of 'bungling'. But the mayor's office maintains that no figure was specified and that the revised scheme will increase the level of affordable housing in the borough.

The fight follows comments from Livingstone about the need for a showdown with Wandsworth to establish, once and for all, his legislative powers of intervention over affordable housing. The Government Office for London has not stated its reasons for the review.

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