Khan’s intervention, which is his first take-over of planning applications since he stepped into his role, will see his planning team at City Hall work with developers to protect Green Belt land and build homes for residents.
An application for up to 505 homes including a 21-storey tower at Hale Wharf in Tottenham had been previously rejected Haringey Council amid concerns that the property would be too tall and adversely impact Green Belt land. A second application for 186 homes in Palmerston Road in Wealdstone was also rejected by Harrow Council, with the 17-storey development considered too high.
Both sites developed by City Hall will sit on designated Opportunity Areas and Housing Zones, which are 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.”
The Palmerston Road development in Harrow pictured bottom left. Top left, the Hale Wharf development in Haringey.