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Khan overrules council on Mill Hill site and increases affordable homes

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London mayor Sadiq Khan has increased the amount of affordable housing on a major residential scheme at Mill Hill 

Khan has managed to increase the amount of affordable housing from 92 homes (20 per cent of the total) to 185 (40 per cent) on the dMFK and Hawkins\Brown-designed development of the former National Institute for Medical Research.

In February, Barnet Council in north-west London went against the advice of its own planning officers and refused permission for the scheme. But in May, Khan called the application in for review, saying the council was ‘significantly under-delivering’ against its housing completion and affordable housing targets.

The latest announcement is a further sign that the mayor’s tougher approach towards developers, compared with predecessor Boris Johnson, is delivering higher proportions of affordable housing.

Khan said: ‘Delivering more of the genuinely affordable homes Londoners need is one of my top priorities as mayor, and I will use all the tools at my disposable to do so.

‘This development offers a significant number of high-quality homes, which will be available through shared ownership to help people struggling to buy a home on the open market.

‘I have also been able to secure new homes at social rent levels within the development, which is key to helping Londoners on low incomes and to making sure we build a mixed community here.’

Khan said he has also ensured that 54 of the new affordable homes would be delivered at social rents.

In addition, his intervention has reversed the proposed felling of 119 trees on the site.

Hawkins\Brown and dMFK’s proposed development includes 448 flats across 19 buildings of three to nine storeys and 12 two-storey houses, along with new offices, leisure facilities and a café.

Since becoming mayor, Khan has also intervened to increase the number of affordable homes at an Allies and Morrison scheme in Tottenham Hale and one by Moss Architecture in Wealdstone.

Last month Khan also refused amended plans by Squire & Partners at 8-10 Broadway, New Scotland Yard, for failing to up the number of affordable homes in its revised proposals, despite wanting to hike the total number of homes by 27 to 295.

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  • Good for Khan - but I wonder if developers will adopt the 'numbers game' beloved of the big wind farmers, and just further reduce the proportion of 'affordable' homes in their proposals so that they can then increase it under council pressure, while adopting a martyred stance?

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  • It's good they're keeping the imposing but subtly Moderne central block, a brick landmark on the NW London skyline.

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