The Mayor of London has stepped in over a planning application for the first time since coming into office, intervening on two rejected high-rise residential developments in the capital
Sadiq Khan has taken over the schemes designed by Allies and Morrison and Moss Architecture after the councils involved threw out the proposals. The mayor hopes that City Hall experts will help devise more suitable proposals.
Khan wants to look at a 505-home project backed by Muse Developments and the Canal and River Trust and drawn up by Allies and Morrison at Hale Wharf in Tottenham, which was turned down by Haringey Council over concerns the 21-storey scheme would be too tall and adversely impact green belt land.
He has also called in a 186-home 17-storey development, designed by Moss Architecture for Origin Housing, in Palmerston Road, Wealdstone, which was rejected by Harrow Council over similar height issues.
Both schemes were earmarked for sites are within designated Opportunity Areas and Housing Zones – areas considered appropriate for development.
Khan said: ‘These developments have the potential to bring real benefits as part of the wider regeneration of Tottenham Hale and Wealdstone, including hundreds of genuinely affordable new homes. However, each proposal needs work if they are to realise that potential.
I have asked my planning team to work with both local authorities to bring forward revised proposals that could produce better schemes
‘I have asked my planning team to work with both local authorities to bring forward revised proposals that could produce better schemes that will protect the green belt from development and will deliver much-needed affordable housing.’
Following the mayor’s intervention, City Hall planners will work with the developers to protect the green belt at Hale Wharf and secure as much affordable housing as possible on both sites. Plans for Hale Wharf currently include 30 per cent affordable housing, which could rise to 35 per cent through a review mechanism, while 41 per cent of the proposed Palmerston Road development is affordable housing.
During his mayoral campaign, Khan promised to make 50 per cent of all new homes in London ‘genuinely affordable’, although this has since been labelled ‘a long-term strategic target’. He is consulting on changes that could change the capital’s approach to affordable housing, including providing incentives for developers to provide at least 35 per cent affordable homes.
The mayor will consider the two high-rise schemes later this year.