Borough waives viability review to allow 1,700-home scheme with 32.5% affordable housing

Borough waives viability review to allow 1,700-home scheme with 32.5% affordable housing

Plans have been approved for the redevelopment of a former north London gas works into a high density 1,700-home scheme with 32.5 per cent affordable housing, despite a viability appraisal finding that the scheme could support just eight per cent of the homes being affordable.

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