Battersea Power Station Development Company (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-07-13
Session date: 
July 13, 2017
Reference: 
2017/2846
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Wandsworth Council have stated that you did not engage with them during the decision-making process to reduce the scope of affordable housing on the Battersea Power Station Development.  Why did you not push for affordable housing commitments to be met?

Answer

Answer for Battersea Power Station Development Company (2)

Answer for Battersea Power Station Development Company (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have already written to the Council to correct their assertion that I did not engage on the critical issue of affordable housing delivery, noting their failure to provide my team with the full viability information requested. I made the Council aware of the significant areas of concern that my planning officers had identified with the applicant's submission prior to its committee, requesting them to delay formal consideration; a request which was ignored.

Notwithstanding this, my team is now proactively engaged with the Council to robustly scrutinise the applicant's position, and the Council has given me its assurance that it will delay any final agreement until such time as my expert team has been given full opportunity to review the position.