Disproportionate increase in unit numbers compared with affordable housing

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 30th May 2021.

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Photo of Siân Berry Siân Berry Green

A constituent has pointed out that, in the Mortlake Brewery scheme, a 40 per cent increase in the number of residential units, from 800 to 1250 has resulted in only a 13 per cent increase in affordable housing, reaching just 30 per cent in total. How has this been justified?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

As this is a current planning application for which I am likely to be the decision-maker, I cannot comment on the merits of the case or express a view on the justification for the level of affordable housing, which is still being considered by GLA officers. However, I think it is important to clarify the factual position. Whilst the applicant has increased the number of residential units from 800 to 1,250, other changes have been made to the scheme including removal of the nursing home and assisted living housing, as well as a reduction in 186 car parking spaces. As such the increase in the total floorspace of the development is 14%. Furthermore, the affordable housing percentage secured by Richmond Council was a range from 12-17%, with the maximum being dependent on the final Community Infrastructure Levy payment.