Sadiq Khan flexes planning muscles

Tue 28th August 2018, 2:21 pm

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has intervened in the planning process of two large scale developments, in Brentford and Charlton Riverside.

A planning application to build 441 new homes on a car dealership site in Brentford was rejected by the London Borough of Hounslow in February of this year.

But, at the end of last month, the Mayor used his planning powers to give the go-ahead to the development, which will be delivered by housing association L&Q.

Meanwhile, a planning application by developer Rockwell to build 771 homes in Charlton was refused by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, prompting the Mayor to again step in at the end of last month and take over the planning process.

Discussing the Brentford decision, Khan said: “I am committed to using the full strength of my planning powers to get London building more affordable homes.”

Prior to intervening in the applications in Brentford and Charlton Riverside, the Mayor of London has stepped in during four other planning applications in London. His predecessor Boris Johnson intervened a total of 19 times during his eight-year tenure at City Hall.

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