Boris Johnson has granted a full planning permission for Berkeley Homes’ for two new residential towers on City Road in Islington despite the local council’s decision to block the development.
The residential scheme, designed by Foster & Partners, includes 42-storey and 36-storey tower blocks in an area that was already delegated by Islington Council for a new development of cluster of tall buildings.
The scheme will provide 995 homes, of which nearly 30% will be affordable. There will also be a 190-room hotel, a crèche, retail and office space.
It is expected that the scheme will alleviate some of London’s pressing housing needs and regenerate a part of London that is in need of improvement.
The London Mayor said: “London is enjoying an unprecedented population boom and by 2030 will become the first city in Europe to be home to ten million people. Building new homes and creating more jobs is absolutely crucial so that we can ensure this growth is sustainable.”
The Mayor’s team, acting as the planning authority, has consulted with Berkeley Homes to ensure that the developer fully subsidizes all of the affordable housing.
Under the agreement, Berkeley will start works within two years, and will build the affordable homes early in the construction process.
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