“‘I FOLLOWED THE RULES’, SAID HOUSING SECRETARY ROBERT JENRICK – THEN ADMITTED HE DIDN’T” – THE TIMES – JUNE 21 2020
What is the Westferry development?
The £1bn scheme is centred on the former Express Newspapers printworks site on the Isle of Dogs in east London. The original plan to build 722 homes, 20% of them affordable, was approved by Boris Johnson’s deputy mayor for planning, Sir Edward Lister, in 2016. He is now Johnson’s chief strategic adviser at No 10.
Why is it controversial?
In July 2018, the developer Northern & Shell submitted a revised planning application doubling the number of flats to 1,524. It offered to make 35% of those units affordable, the amount required by planning guidelines, with the hope of getting the application fast-tracked. However, in June 2019 the developer argued that Tower Hamlets council was taking too long to decide…[continue reading]