Khan takes over major housing schemes

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has intervened in two controversial planning applications that could deliver about 700 homes in the north and northwest part of the capital.

Khan has taken over a proposal for up to 505 homes (30 per cent of which affordable) including a 21-storey tower in Hale Wharf, Tottenham, and another for 186 homes (41 per cent affordable) and a 16-storey tower in Palmerston Road, Wealdstone.

The mayor was concerned the Hale Wharf development would adversely impact Green Belt land and both towers were deemed too high to be given the go-ahead.

Plans for the two developments, both rejected by local councillors against the advice of their planning departments, will be redrafted by City Hall to be made more suitable.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“These developments have the potential to bring real benefits as part of the wider regeneration of Tottenham Hale and Wealdstone, including hundreds of genuinely affordable new homes. However, each proposal needs work if they are to realise that potential.

“I have asked my planning team to work with both local authorities to bring forward revised proposals that could produce better schemes that will protect the Green Belt from development and will deliver much-needed affordable housing.”