Affordable Housing Re-negotiation on the Greenwich Peninsula

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1503
Question By: 
Len Duvall
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I have been contacted by constituents angered by the recent S106 re-negotiation in regard to affordable housing on the Greenwich Peninsula. The constituent asks: 'The Royal Borough of Greenwich recently agreed to vary the section 106 agreement on 11 plots on Greenwich Peninsula without any public consultation. This will result in the creation of a polarised community with no affordable housing on plots in the north and very high proportions of affordable housing concentrated in the south - in conflict with the agreed Masterplan, the borough's own UDP and the London Plan. On the basis of the London Plan's policies on mixed and balanced communities, will the Mayor agree to decline any planning permissions on plots within this section 106 area that result either in no or very high levels of affordable housing?' If not, why not?

Answer

Answer for Affordable Housing Re-negotiation on the Greenwich Peninsula

Answer for Affordable Housing Re-negotiation on the Greenwich Peninsula

Answered By: 
The Mayor

GLA Land & Property Limited owns land on part of Greenwich Peninsula in which capacity it is obliged to enter into section 106 agreements as may be required for the regeneration of the area. A clear separation of functions as between the GLA acting in its land-owning capacity and my strategic planning role has been effected in order that I may take planning decisions on referable applications that relate to the Peninsula.

In March this year, in my role as strategic planning authority, therefore I considered in detail three applications (relating to plots MO114, MO115 and MO117) referred to me by the Royal Borough of Greenwich. I had raised the matter of mixed and balanced communities at the consultation stage with the Council, but, for the reasons set out in my Officer's report (PDU/2075cde/02), I considered that in the current local circumstances that the distribution of affordable housing was acceptable and that future plots would need to have regard to the existing approvals and local circumstances as required in my planning policies on housing. I can confirm that the matter has again come up with proposals to the north of the Peninsula but I am yet to make a decision on the case (PDU/0519L/01). I cannot therefore prejudge this case by now ascribing the weight I might give to a particular policy.