Mayor Sadiq in warehouse bid clash
Row comes after Islington Council’s planning committee blocked redevelopment plans for Regent’s Wharf
23 February, 2018 — By Samantha Booth
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan: ‘I want to express my strong support for this well-designed scheme, and for the principle of intensifying office uses at this site’
MAYOR of London Sadiq Khan has said he does not support the Town Hall’s refusal to allow redevelopment of Victorian warehouses near King’s Cross.
The council’s planning committee voted against their own officers’ views when they blocked plans for Regent’s Wharf in December. Developers want to turn warehouses and three office buildings in All Saints Street into new workspaces alongside retail units and courtyards. However, concerns were expressed about the loss of light to nearby homes.
Mr Khan has told Town Hall planners: “I want to express my strong support for this well-designed scheme, and for the principle of intensifying office uses at this site.
“The application will help to deliver the strategic requirement to increase and improve London’s stock of office accommodation, and secure the delivery of affordable workspace, in line with the aspirations of my draft London Plan, and the London Plan.”
However, he said the application does not meet policy tests that would allow him to make a planning decision, so he has left it with the Town Hall. Applicant Grafton Advisors did not respond to a Tribune request for a comment on what, if anything, it plans to do next.