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Livingstone set to block Farrell's Greenwich plan

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London mayor Ken Livingstone has threatened to block a planning application for the Greenwich Peninsula as set out in Terry Farrell and Partners' masterplan.

The mayor told Greenwich council he would direct refusal unless more affordable housing was included. As the AJ went to press, the council looked likely to approve the plans at a planning committee yesterday evening, The proposals, from developers Meridian Delta, English Partnerships and Anschutz Entertainment Group for the 77ha Peninsula site, will create 10,000 homes, 340,000m space, 33,000m2 of retail space and an entertainments centre and sports arena in the Millennium Dome. But its affordable housing provision of 35 per cent falls short of the mayor's target of 50 per cent, set out in the draft London Plan.

Livingstone told Greenwich the scheme would create 'a dangerous precedent for affordable housing in the Thames Gateway'.

If the plans are approved, Livingstone will have 14 days to direct refusal. However, despite his specific objections, he continues to support the project in principle.

The chair of the Assembly's planning scrutiny committee, Tory Bob Neil, applauded the stance:

'Although we have doubts about the whole project and whether the finances will work out, on this issue, we think the mayor is in the right.'

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