Sadiq takes over at Citroen

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has used his planning powers to step in and take over an L&Q development in Brentford to try to boost its affordabe content.

Sadiq made the decision to intervene after Hounslow Council refused L&Q permission to build 427 new homes on the Citroen Site on Capital Interchange Way, Brentford.

The plans propose 40 per cent affordable homes – 107 for shared ownership and 61 based on social rent levels – together with a nursery, and retail and office space that would lead to the creation of 43 new jobs.

The development also sits in an Opportunity Area which has been identified as having the capacity to accommodate at least 7,500 new homes and 14,000 new jobs.

Hounslow Council decided to refuse permission on 16 February 2018, over concerns the development would negatively impact on local heritage sites including Kew Gardens.

City Hall says it will now work with the applicant, housing association L&Q, to try and boost the amount of affordable housing.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I have been clear that I will use the full range of my planning powers to help get London building the new and genuinely affordable housing we so desperately need. This rejected application in Brentford already delivers a good number of affordable homes, but by taking it over, it gives me the opportunity to work with the housing association, L&Q, to increase the levels even further.

“I will, of course, weigh up concerns raised about the impact on nearby heritage sites with the pressing need for more new and affordable homes in London.”

The Mayor will consider the application at a representation hearing at City Hall later in the year.

This is the fifth time the Mayor has used the full range of his planning powers to take over applications to boost affordable housing.

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