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Patel Taylor set to design Battersea affordable homes

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Patel Taylor has been appointed to deliver affordable housing as part of the fourth phase of the redevelopment of Battersea Power station, AJ understands

The Malaysian-backed Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) is pushing ahead with the designs just a month after securing planning permission for Frank Gehry and Norman Foster’s third phase of the £8 billion scheme.

The news comes as pressure mounts on the developer to speed up the delivery of affordable homes at the south-west London site.

Campaigners were disappointed by the number of homes set to be delivered in the first phases of the scheme – just three of the first 2,400 flats are earmarked as affordable family homes – and had called the figures ‘derisory’.

The phasing was agreed in the 2010 planning application after council consultants agreed there would be a negative impact on the development if affordable housing was delivered in the early phases.

Speaking this week in Malaysia, London mayor Boris Johnson also rejected suggestions that the overall level of affordable housing should have been higher.He said: ‘Six-hundred affordable homes are better than no affordable homes. If you didn’t do a deal of this kind you couldn’t get either the transport or the affordable homes.’

A spokesman for BPSDC would not comment on the appointment of Patel Taylor, but said: ‘Architects are now working on plans that we want to share next year for over 300 affordable homes that would – subject to the planning process – be delivered in 2021, three years earlier than originally required.’

Overall, the development will provide 517 affordable homes – 15 per cent of the total – with 103 already approved as part of phase three. The fourth phase is planned to include 104 intermediate units and all of the social rented units – 310 in total.

Earlier this week, Johnson confirmed that BIG had been appointed to design a key new square at Battersea Power Station.

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