London’s mayor has intervened and overturned a decision not to grant planning permission for a major development in the north-west of the capital.
Now the project will go ahead and deliver 844 new homes in Mill Hill, with 41 percent of those affordable.
Barnet Council had rejected the plans to redevelop the disused Pentavia Retail Park a year ago, citing that the scheme was over-development and did not provide enough affordable housing.
Mayor Sadiq Khan then “called in” the planning application, which originally included 724 homes with only 35 percent of those affordable.
Since Mr Khan’s intervention, the developers have gone back to the drawing board, adding an extra 120 homes to their original plan. The level of affordable homes on the whole development has also risen to 41 percent and include some at social rent and London Living Rent levels.
The latest incarnation of the scheme now given the nod by Mr Khan will deliver more affordable homes than the whole of Barnet provided in 2017-18.
Mr Khan said: “This is the classic example of an underused site with the potential to deliver significant numbers of homes, including affordable homes at social rent and London Living Rent levels.
“It’s testament to the hard work of my planning team that, since I called this application in for further scrutiny, they have been able to increase the level of affordable housing even higher than it was previously.”
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