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Mayor: Power Station plans must include more affordable housing

by David Doyle
from Property Week 28 January
Real Estate Opportunities plans for the £5.5bn redevelopment of Battersea Power Station do not comply with the London Plan, Boris Johnson said today, though he does "generally support" the plans.

In his report (which you can view here ) on the Rafael Vinoly-designed plans for the 52-acre site the Mayor of London said that the scheme does not comply because of a lack of affordable housing provision. REO has submitted no plans for affordable housing on the site but the mayor said he would expect the “maximum reasonable amount” in terms of the scheme’s viability.

The   Mayor also requested further information on the retail element of the scheme, to make sure it complies with the London Plan, and has raised concerns over the impact of the scheme on local transport. However, the Mayor also said there were plenty of remedies to his concerns and he was encouraged by the plans. Johnson said:

"This key part of the capital is the biggest development opportunity remaining in London and the power station is one of London’s much loved historic landmarks. It is vital that we get the redevelopment of this site right. "I am encouraged by what I have seen so far and confident that the developer, in partnership with Wandsworth Council can work up these proposals into a high quality masterplan. This will ensure we can deliver on the wider aspirations for the area as set out in the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea planning framework I am developing with Wandsworth and Lambeth Councils."

REO’s plans cover 8.3m sq ft of floorspace including 3,700 homes, 1.6m sq ft of offices and 500,000 sq ft of retail and restaurant space. The public consultation ended on 1 February, but you can view the consultation document by clicking here .

Date posted: 2 February 2010