Vauxhall Sky Gardens

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-03-20
Session date: 
March 20, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1087
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I have been asked to put the following question to you by a member of the public:

'The impact of the cuts on the LHA plus the lack of affordable housing generally is pushing people out. I live in Vauxhall in the VNEB area where there is a huge proliferation of residential skyscrapers, the latest one, Vauxhall Sky Gardens, wants to opt out of providing ANY social housing. Their planning application approval was approved by Lambeth Council on the basis that they would provide some social housing but what can be done if they want to change this?

This is a quote from Boris ...

"The last thing we want to have in our city is a situation such as Paris where the less well-off are pushed out to the suburbs. I'll emphatically resist any attempt to recreate a London where the rich and poor cannot live together."'

Answer

Answer for Vauxhall Sky Gardens

Answer for Vauxhall Sky Gardens

Answered By: 
The Mayor

When I considered the planning application for Vauxhall Sky Gardens in 2010, it was on the basis of there being 31 per cent affordable housing, with an uplift required if the viability improved. I understand that the applicant has submitted information to discharge a s106 legal planning obligation table to the planning permission, with the suggestion that the development would only be economically viable with no affordable housing being provided.

Lambeth Council would be required to consider any reduction in affordable housing in this scheme as a variation to the s106 legal agreement, which would be subject to independent review of the financial viability again and reporting to its planning committee. Under current legislation there is no requirement for Lambeth Council to consult the Mayor on any such application, but as required by the London Plan, the Council would be required to ensure that maximum reasonable amount of affordable housing is provided in accordance with the London Plan.