Proposed plans for the Royal Dock service station have been rejected
PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 December 2016
Plans to turn a service station into hundreds of new homes have been refused after they fell short on the provision of affordable housing.
Proposals had been submitted to Newham Council to redevelop the Royal Docks Service Station, in North Woolwich Road, and build 307 residential homes on the site.
Newham Council’s Strategic Development Committee refused the application, proposed by Galliard Homes. It was then forwarded to the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan who wrote to the council on Sunday upholding the decision.
Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “We are determined to fight for the best deal possible for our residents and we are particularly committed that developers who want to make money in Newham, put back into the community by providing homes that our residents can afford.
“I welcome the decision by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to back our position on this development.”
In addition, concerns were raised about traffic, heritage, loss of privacy and insufficient levels of parking.
A consultation on the scheme had received 17 responses from those living nearby, with 16 neither objecting or supporting and only one supporting the plans, which were sent to 486 neighbouring homes.
As part of the plans developers were offering two deals on affordable homes, where the first 27 per cent would be affordable, with more potentially to come if sales of properties exceeded expectations. They proposed making 35 per cent of the flats built as part of the project as affordable, but they also stated that it was not viable to provide any additional affordable housing as a part of this application.
Galliard Homes failed to demonstrate sufficient evidence that the provision of between 35 to 50 pc affordable housing units on the site was viable in their proposal, according to the council.
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