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Network Housing are proposing a block of 21 storeys and 15 storeys to replace their current 8 storey building at 8 Rutherwood Way Wembley Park. The site is bounded by Olympic Way, Rutherwood Way and Fulton Road.
The Planning Committee at their February 15th Meeting will be given a presentation on the scheme which will provide 242 dwellings:
There will be commercial space at ground level and external community space, including children's play space, at 1st, 15th and 21st floor levels.
The building will be higher than its immediate neighbours but there are others of that height, or higher, in the Quintain area. It will not impact on 'most' of the views of the stadium according to the officer's report. LINK
One area of controversy will be how much of the development will be affordable in real terms, not the 80% of market rent, commonly quoted, although the planners use the latter definition in their note:
The submission documents have not included details on the proposed provision of affordable housing within the scheme, officers understand that this is still under consideration by the application team and will be included within any submission. London Plan policy 3.12 requires borough’s to seek the maximum reasonable amount of affordable housing, taking account of a range of factors including local and regional requirements, the need to encourage rather than restrain development and viability. The policy requires borough’s to take account of economic viability when negotiating on affordable housing.The applicant will be required to demonstrate that the maximum reasonable amount of affordable housing is being provided in this scheme, and this would need to be tested through the submission of a financial appraisal submitted with any future planning application which would be subject to scrutiny by or on behalf of your Officers.