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Boris approves two major schemes

Thu 17th April 2014, 3:36 pm

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has approved two major schemes in Islington and Lewisham after using his powers to call in the proposals.

The Islington scheme is a redevelopment of a 1.9ha scheme on City Road.

The London Borough of Islington had originally refused developer Berkeley Homes’ planning application in November 2013 due to a lower number of affordable homes than it wanted.

Johnson, on the other hand found the scheme offered “more than the maximum reasonable amount” of affordable housing.

The Lewisham scheme is the 16.6ha Convoys Wharf site.

A masterplan for the scheme was submitted in May 2013 by developer Hutchinson Whampoa, but the council failed to make a decision within the 16 week statutory period.

Hutchinson Whampoa subsequently requested the mayor to call in the proposal.

According to a press release from the mayor’s office, 11 applications have been called in since 2009.

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