Hundreds of homes to be built on site of Royal Docks Service Station
PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 June 2017
A planning proposal to turn a service station into hundreds of new homes has been accepted six months after it was rejected.
The Royal Docks Service Station in North Woolwich Road, Newham, will be turned into 295 residential homes across four buildings.
Newham Council’s Strategic Development Committee approved the application after developer Galliard Homes increased the amount of affordable housing for the scheme from 27 per cent to 30.5pc under the resubmitted proposal.
The recommended amount of affordable housing for developments comprising 10 or more units is between 35pc and 50pc, according to Newham Council’s core strategy.
The local authority also aims to ensure 50pc of the number all new homes built over the plan period are affordable.
However, a council spokeswoman said its 50pc target was “subject to the viability of each individual scheme”.
She said: “Since the council made its original decision a number of issues have changed. Firstly we commissioned an independent assessment into the viability of the scheme.
“The findings of this report supported the developer’s view that any level above 35pc would threaten the project’s viability.
“Secondly, the Greater London Authority issued new draft guidance which states councils should take 35pc of affordable property in schemes as a benchmark.
“Following discussions with the developers, an agreement was reached for an increase in the proportion of affordable accommodation in this scheme.
“As a result the project will see the regeneration of a brown-field site and deliver 295 much need new homes, including 77 family-sized properties.”
The new plans will see the affordable housing mix divided into 51 intermediate/shared ownership homes (56.7pc) and 39 units (43.3pc) with affordable rents.
In comparison, there will be 205 private homes equating to 69.5pc of the total number.
A consultation on the scheme earlier this year involved 502 properties. There were eight responses with seven objections and one neither objecting or supporting the scheme.
The initial application was rejected by the council’s Strategic Development Committee last December and upheld by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
In addition to the lack of affordable housing, concerns were also raised about traffic, heritage, loss of privacy and insufficient levels of parking.
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