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Plans approved for London scheme

Plans have been approved for a new development in central London that will create more than 200 new homes.

Westminster City Council gave the go-ahead for the residential-led, mixed-use development near to the Strand.

The scheme will bring 66 family homes with at least three bedrooms, 77 two-bedroom homes, 50 one-bedroom homes and seven studio flats.

In addition to the new homes, the plans will also see a 1960s office complex demolished to make way for new offices, shops and a public square.

The developer is expected to donate £5 million to the council’s affordable housing fund - with plans for 22 of the new homes to be made affordable.

The council also gave the go-ahead for plans to build 71 flats and a communal garden on Cundy Street, SW1.

Chairman of the planning and city development committee, Councillor Alastair Moss, highlighted the importance of creating homes in London.

He said: “One of the council’s top priorities is to provide more homes in the heart of the capital. Westminster is not just a business district or a place renowned for its tourist attractions, it is a place where people live. 

“Hopefully by granting permission for more homes in central London the city will be known not just for its heritage and historically stunning buildings, but as a place where people of different backgrounds and common aspirations can build their families, careers and lives.”