Mayor of London uses ‘full strength’ of planning powers to approve 441 new homes in Brentford

Mayor of London uses ‘full strength’ of planning powers to approve 441 new homes in Brentford

A major development which will deliver hundreds of new homes – including 50% genuinely affordable housing — has been given the green light by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

The Mayor approved plans for 441 new homes on the site of a former Citroen car dealership in Brentford — of which 218 will be genuinely affordable, including both shared ownership for first-time buyers and homes based on social rent levels for households on low incomes.

The development was refused by Hounslow Council in February this year. After considering the scheme the Mayor decided to ‘call in’ the scheme and make a final decision himself.

The 50% level of affordable housing was secured following the Mayor’s intervention, after the borough rejected the application at a stage when it included 40 per cent affordable housing.

The approved scheme includes a review mechanism, which means that if building is not well underway within two years of the permission being granted, the developer could be compelled to provide further affordable homes.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “This scheme shows how we can unlock the potential of an underused site to build more of the genuinely affordable homes Londoners so urgently need. I’m clear that to fix the capital’s housing crisis Government must play its part, but we can make a difference now by ensuring developments include more genuinely affordable housing.

“I have carefully considered the impacts of these plans — particularly the effect on historic buildings in nearby Kew Gardens — and have concluded that the benefit of delivering more than 400 homes, including 218 genuinely affordable homes, justifies granting permission.

“I am committed to using the full strength of my planning powers to get London building more affordable homes. This is another important step as we work towards my long-term strategic goal for 50% of housing in all new developments across the city to be social rented and other genuinely affordable homes for Londoners.”

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