Khan approves Brentford scheme
by Natalie Vincent Fri 14 September 2018, 3:17 pm
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has given the green light to build a housing development which will deliver hundreds of new homes on the site of a former Citreon car dealership in Brentford.
The development was originally refused by Hounslow Council in February 2018, after which Khan decided to call in the scheme to make a final decision. The council cited concerns such as the potential impact on historic buildings, such as at nearby Kew Gardens, a World Heritage Site.
Khan said: "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."
The 441-home scheme is set to include 50% affordable housing following the mayor’s intervention, providing both shared ownership tenures for first-time buyers and homes based on social rent levels for households on low incomes.
The approved scheme includes a 'review mechanism' which means that if building is not well under construction within two years of the permission being granted, the developer could be compelled to provide more affordable homes.
Khan added: "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 am committed to using the full strength of my planning powers to get London building more affordable homes."