Sadiq Khan has used special planning powers to approve a 441-home Hawkins\Brown scheme in Brentford, west London, previously rejected by councillors
The mayor of London decided to intervene after Hounslow Council refused permission for the scheme on a former Citroën car dealership Capital Interchange Way in February.
Since then the scheme, backed by developer L&Q, for five towers with new homes, retail and office space has improved its affordable housing offer from 40 to 50 per cent.
Hounslow planning officers had raised concerns over the project, including its impact on historic buildings at the nearby Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.
The scheme includes a review mechanism which means that if building work is not underway within two years of the permission being granted, the developer could be compelled to provide further affordable homes.
Khan said: ‘I have carefully considered the impacts of these plans – particularly the effect on historic buildings in nearby Kew Gardens – and have concluded that the benefit of delivering more than 400 homes, including 218 genuinely affordable homes, justifies granting permission.
‘I am committed to using the full strength of my planning powers to get London building more affordable homes.’
Late last year Khan refused to step in over Hounslow Council’s refusal of Will Alsop’s 550-home Brentford scheme on the neighbouring 1-4 Capital Interchange Way site.