In your reasoning for rejecting the proposed scheme for the Stag Brewery, Mortlake, you told the public hearing: “Despite the hard work of the GLA team, the public benefits offered would not clearly outweigh the harm. I’m particularly concerned that the affordable housing offer, which remains below the expectations that I have in my plan, does not unbalance the adverse impacts of the development.” Could you tell me what discussions the GLA team had with developers Reselton Properties, and any of their partners, around grant funding in order to improve the number of affordable housing units, and what the outcome of these discussions were?
Most developer-led schemes receiving GLA grant provide 40 per cent affordable housing or more. With the level of affordable housing proposed for this scheme only at 30 per cent, and the developer being unwilling to provide more affordable housing in the context of their position on viability, the use of GLA grant was not pursued. However, the proposed S106 agreement required the availability of council grant funding to be explored both following completion of the agreement (and in any event at least 6 months prior to implementation of the development) and on completion of the mid-stage review to enable the delivery of additional affordable housing where feasible. This is in line with the London Plan requirement to use grant to maximise the delivery of affordable housing where available.