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Sadiq Khan OKs tower schemes rejected by Harrow and Haringey

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The Mayor of London has given the go-ahead to two high-rise residential developments in the capital previously rejected by local planning authorities

Sadiq Khan called in the schemes – designed by Allies and Morrison and Moss Architecture respectively – in January after the relevant borough councils dismissed the proposals (see AJ 11.01.17).

It was the first time he had stepped in over a planning application since coming to power last year. Previous London mayor Boris Johnson approved all 15 of the mainly residential schemes he called in during his eight-year tenure.

Khan intervened at Hale Wharf, Tottenham, after Haringey Council had turned down a 505-home project, backed by Muse Developments and the Canal and River Trust and drawn up by Allies and Morrison, over concerns the 21-storey scheme would be too tall and adversely impact green belt land. The proposal suggested 30 per cent of the homes would be affordable. This has now risen to 35 per cent.

Meanwhile Harrow Council had rejected a 186-home 17-storey development, designed by Moss Architecture for Origin Housing, in Palmerston Road, Wealdstone, over similar height issues. Forty-one per cent of homes will be affordable.

At the time of his intervention, the mayor said City Hall planners would work with the developers to protect the green belt at Hale Wharf and secure as much affordable housing as possible on both sides.

In approving the schemes, Khan said he was confident both developments would deliver ‘hundreds of much-needed genuinely affordable homes in areas of the capital ripe for further development’.

He said: ‘We’ve worked with the applicant on the Hale Wharf scheme in Haringey to increase the level of affordable housing and ensure the project will not encroach on our precious green belt, as was the case in earlier designs.

‘The development at Palmerston Road in Harrow also offers a high level of affordable housing, which is particularly important as we move towards my long-term strategic target of 50 per cent affordable.

‘Both schemes are close to transport links and this is one of the key factors in determining where major housing developments should be built. Building the homes Londoners urgently need will mean town centres and suburbs becoming denser, so we expect developers to continue to come up with high-quality designs which don’t have a negative impact on their surroundings.’ 

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  • MacKenzie Architects

    A propos of not so much these designs, but-

    We are now entering an era where the rule of law carries no weight at all.
    There are doubtless many hi-rise residential schemes on drawing boards just now, or already with Planning permission, with single stair-core escapes.
    i.e. in compliance with technical standards.

    I suspect that either the Grenfell Inquiry, or perhaps a Kangaroo Court somewhere, will decide that nothing over 10 (?) storeys should have single escape, and will retrospectively withdraw permissions.

    I think Developers and Architects will need to keep a careful eye on how they plan for the future.

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