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London mayor Ken Livingstone is to drop his objections to Harrods' plans to redevelop its depository site after the developer offered to treble the number of affordable housing units in the original plan.

Livingstone will write to Westminster City Council permitting it to grant planning consent. Although the affordable housing will be provided off-site, Livingstone insisted the money must be used in Knightsbridge, Pimlico or a similar part of the borough (AJ 26.4.01). Meanwhile, the Greater London Assembly has raised serious concerns over proposals in Livingstone's plan for developing London at the first meeting of the Spatial Development Strategy Investigative Committee - set up to scrutinise the mayor's plans for developing the capital. Committee chairman Bob Neill said: 'Londoners cannot take this paper lightly - it is a consultation that could turn the capital into a onesize-fits-all city.'

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