Published: 19th Oct 2017

A war of words has broken out between the London mayor and Wandsworth council over a decision to increase the number of affordable homes in a new development. Sadiq Khan announced this week that he has used his planning powers to overturn a decision by the local authority over a proposed new development on a site in Swandon Way. The council refused planning permission for the re-development on the site in April, on the grounds that the original proposals were too tall, overbearing and in the wrong place. At the time, the development included 23% affordable housing, or 84 of the total 348 homes proposed in the scheme. The mayor subsequently ‘called in’ the plans, has now granted planning permission and increased the proportion of affordable homes to 35%, with 136 of the 385 homes in the approved plans classed as affordable. Mr Khan has also agreed a review mechanism, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)