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London mayor overturns councils on tower blocks

13 Mar 17 Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has given the go-ahead to two high-rise housing developments that had been previously rejected by their respective borough councils.

CGI of Hale Wharf
CGI of Hale Wharf

Muse Developments’ 21-storey Hale Wharf tower has now been approved for construction in Tottenham, providing 505 new flats. Haringey Council had rejected it because of its impact on green belt land.

Also getting the mayor’s approval after being called in is the 17-storey Palmerston Road development in Wealdstone, which will have 184 flats. This had been rejected by Harrow Council for being too high.

Both sites sit within designated opportunity areas and housing zones – areas of land that have been deemed appropriate for development.

Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Having carefully considered all the evidence available to me, 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% affordable.

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