Mayor intervenes on Brentford plans
by Natalie Vincent Fri 2 March 2018, 4:29 pm
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today used his executive planning powers to take over a major Brentford housing development, which was refused permission by Hounslow Council.
Khan made a decision to intervene after the council refused permission to build 427 homes on the Citroen site on Capital Interchange Way, Brentford.
The plans include 40% affordable homes – 107 for shared ownership and 61 based on social rent levels – together with a nursery, and retail and office space.
The site is located 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 the underutilised site on 16 February, over concerns the development would negatively impact on local heritage sites , including Kew Gardens.
The impact on local heritage sites will be considered by the mayor and his planning team, working with housing association L&Q, as well as trying to boost the amount of affordable housing further.
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."
Steve Curran, leader of Hounslow Council, responded to Khan's decision: "As with all applications, the proposal for the Citroen site on Capital Interchange Way, Brentford, was reviewed by our planning officers.
"The mayor has decided to call their decision in, and we respect his decision to do this.
"We also share the mayor's commitment to provide more affordable housing, not only to meet the target in Hounslow but in the rest of London; we will continue to work with him to ensure we provide the best possible housing for the residents of the borough."