Labour complain that Westminster luxury development contains no affordable housing
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Development, Housing
Labour councillors have complained that a new development in Westminster contains no affordable housing - but does have room for a gym, swimming pool and banqueting suite.
The redevelopment of the Canadian High Commission building in Mayfair will provide 41 luxury apartments of between one and six bedrooms.
Councillor Guthrie McKie, Labour’s housing spokesperson, said: “Isn’t it convenient that there is plenty of room for a gym, swimming pool and banqueting suite but no room for affordable housing? Westminster is in the grip of the biggest housing crisis for generations yet affordable housing appears to have no priority in these plans.
"There is no shortage of luxury flats, gyms, swimming pools and banqueting suites in the West End, but there is a massive need for more social housing and Westminster Council should reject these plans and tell the developers to go back to the drawing board and include on-site social housing.”
In a statement, cllr Daniel Astaire, Westminster City Council cabinet member for housing, said: “Lack of housing is a problem we are tackling in Westminster, but we cannot do it alone. We have delivered 5,000 new homes in the last four years, including 800 affordable homes, exceeding the Mayor of London’s targets set for this area. Our own housing regeneration plans will provide a further 1,000 homes, of which half will be affordable, and those plans will also create 1,000 local jobs in the next five years.”