In September, members of the London Borough of Croydon’s planning committee unanimously approved a full application for two mixed-use towers, measuring 68 and 41 storeys, in the town centre. It is thought to be the second-tallest building in London after The Shard, at 95 storeys.
The plans, from developer Guildhouse and Rosepride, would include 794 homes, 35,000 square metres of office space, plus shops, leisure facilities and a viewing gallery.
According to a committee report, the developer proposed an on-site affordable housing provision of 21 per cent, compared to the Croydon local plan target of 50 per cent.
In 2016, a similar 69-storey scheme was refused by Croydon Council because the developer had proposed to deliver just 15 per cent of the homes as affordable.
In a submission to Croydon Council on the latest application, the Greater London Authority (GLA) said that the "provision of 20 per cent affordable is wholly unacceptable, and the proposed units do not accord with the Mayor’s affordability criteria.
"GLA and council officers are robustly interrogating the applicant’s financial viability appraisal to ensure that the maximum reasonable amount of affordable housing is provided", the submission said.
But now, the GLA has said that a 20.7 per cent affordable homes provision "is the maximum reasonable amount of affordable housing".
A report outlining the mayor’s final decision, said that "on balance, given that the scheme has been shown to be delivering the maximum reasonable amount of affordable housing and more units that the previous schemes, and there are three review mechanisms secured to potentially deliver an increased level of affordable housing in the future", GLA officers were satisfied that the scheme complies with the London Plan and the mayor’s affordable housing and viability supplementary planning guidance.