As the Mayor of London prepares to decide on controversial plans for a 41-storey tower on Newington Causeway, developers Oakmayne have reduced the amount of affordable housing proposed.
The redevelopment of Eileen House near Elephant & Castle has moved very slowly through the planning system with the fourth anniversary of the original planning application fast approaching.
Now the Mayor has launched a further period of public consultation before he takes the final decision.
The scheme is largely unchanged from the proposal rejected by Southwark councillors in October 2011 apart from one key detail – the number of affordable homes in the tower has dropped from 80 to 65.
All 65 proposed affordable homes will be in the shared ownership category. None of the 335 homes in the scheme will be for social rent.
Oakmayne and its agents say that the reduction in affordable housing is necessary to offset the extra payments it will now be expected to make to fund transport improvements at the Elephant & Castle and the Mayor's community infrastructure levy for Crossrail.
• For details of the consultation period, which runs until 7 February, see www.london.gov.uk/consultation/eileen-house
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