The schemes in Harrow and Haringey were called in by mayor Sadiq Khan after planning was denied. Between them they will provide 691 new homes.
Both applications are for high-density schemes near transport hubs in outer London locations: Hale Wharf will be 21 storeys and is four minutes’ walk from Tottenham Hale (Zone 3), while the planned 17-storey Palmerston Road development is three minutes from Harrow & Wealdstone in Zone 5.
Plans for Palmerston include 186 homes, of which 41% will be affordable (74 homes), while the scheme at Hale Wharf will deliver 505 homes, with at least 35% affordable (177 homes). This has been increased by 9% to achieve permission.
Khan said: “I am confident both these high-density developments will deliver hundreds of the much-needed, genuinely affordable homes Londoners need in areas of the capital ripe for further development.
“We’ve worked with the applicant on the Hale Wharf scheme in Haringey to increase the level of affordable housing and ensure the project will not encroach on our precious green belt, as was the case in earlier designs. The development at Palmerston Road in Harrow also offers a high level of affordable housing.”
He added that the proximity of the schemes to transport links was one of the key factors in approval and the decision to over-ride the initial planning decisions.
Critics have pointed out that neither scheme meets Khan’s pre-election target of 50% affordable housing.