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First Schemes Called in by Sadiq Khan

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has stepped in over a planning application for the first time since coming into office, intervening on two rejected high-rise residential developments in the capital

Sadiq Khan has taken over the schemes designed by Allies and Morrison and Moss Architecture after the councils involved threw out the proposals. The mayor hopes that City Hall experts will help devise more suitable proposals.

Khan wants to look at a 505-home project backed by Muse Developments and the Canal and River Trust and drawn up by Allies and Morrison at Hale Wharf in Tottenham, which was turned down by Haringey Council over concerns the 21-storey scheme would be too tall and adversely impact green belt land.

He has also called in a 186-home 17-storey development, designed by Moss Architecture for Origin Housing, in Palmerston Road, Wealdstone, which was rejected by Harrow Council over similar height issues.

Both schemes were earmarked for sites are within designated Opportunity Areas and Housing Zones – areas considered appropriate for development.

Khan said: ‘These developments have the potential to bring real benefits as part of the wider regeneration of Tottenham Hale and Wealdstone, including hundreds of genuinely affordable new homes. However, each proposal needs work if they are to realise that potential.

‘I have asked my planning team to work with both local authorities to bring forward revised proposals that could produce better schemes that will protect the green belt from development and will deliver much-needed affordable housing.’

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