Mayor overturns Swandon decision

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has approved a development previously refused by LB Wandsworth, saying he has boosted the affordable homes content.

The Mayor intervened after Wandsworth Council refused permission for the Allies & Morrison designed development of the site of a current Homebase store in Swandon Way in April this year, due to the height and scale of the development, and its proximity to a nearby conversation area. The proposed development included 23 per cent affordable housing, 84 of the 348 homes in the scheme.

The Mayor called in the decision, and has now approved a revised scheme with 35 per cent affordable – 136 of the 385 homes. The delivery of affordable homes has also been brought forward, with 55 per cent arriving in the first phase – all would have been built much later under the previous plans.

The Mayor has agreed a review mechanism, which could see affordable housing increase to as much as 50 per cent if an agreed level of progress is not made on the development within two years.

The developer, National Grid’s Pension Scheme, will contribute £2.5 million towards a new entrance to nearby Wandsworth Town station. The plans also include retail and commercial units, and improvements to public spaces.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’ve made it clear I am committed to increasing the delivery of genuinely affordable housing in London, especially given the pitiful legacy I inherited, and I will use my full range of planning powers to achieve this.

“This development offers a significant number of high-quality homes in a location which offers great transport links and local amenities. We have confirmed more than half of the affordable homes will be delivered up front in the first stage of construction.

“I’m also really pleased we have secured a review mechanism which could increase the level of affordable housing further – and that people who live and work in the area will benefit from a significant upgrade to Wandsworth Town Station.”

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