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Khan overturns rejection of high-rise schemes

Sadiq Khan has pushed through two high-rise housing schemes that had been rejected by planners in Haringey and Harrow.

The mayor of London overturned the decision by Haringey Council to refuse plans for 505 homes in a 21-storey scheme led by Muse Developments and the Canal and Riverside Trust in Tottenham Hale (pictured).

Mr Khan also waved through Moss Architecture’s plans for a 186-home Origin Housing scheme in Wealdstone.

The two decisions mark the first time the mayor, elected last year, has used his powers to overturn local planning decisions.

The mayor’s office said the decisions demonstrated Mr Khan’s “determined approach to accelerating the delivery of new housing in London”.

At least 35 per cent of the Haringey scheme’s homes will be affordable – up from 9 per cent when the mayor first saw the scheme – as will 41 per cent of the Wealdstone units.

Mr Khan said: “I am confident both these high-density developments will deliver hundreds of the much-needed, genuinely affordable homes Londoners need in areas of the capital ripe for further development.

“We’ve worked with the applicant on the Hale Wharf scheme in Haringey to increase the level of affordable housing and ensure the project will not encroach on our precious green belt, as was the case in earlier designs.

“The development at Palmerston Road in Harrow also offers a high level of affordable housing, which is particularly important as we move towards my long-term strategic target of 50 per cent affordable.”

According to the mayor’s office the two schemes had been scrutinised in little over two months (65 days) compared with the average of half a year (177 days) that it said previous incumbent Boris Johnson’s team took to decide on applications. 

Both schemes were situated within designated opportunity areas and housing zones, which are sites considered appropriate for development.

Under article 7 of the Mayor of London Order, Mr Khan can call in applications which have been rejected by boroughs and act as the defacto planning authority.

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