Mayor Khan announces new consultation on Pope’s Road tower plans

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The tower would dominate Electric Avenue

London mayor Sadiq Khan today (26 November) announced the start of a public consultation on plans for a development in central Brixton including a 20-storey tower on Pope’s Road.

The controversial scheme has already been approved by Lambeth council, but was “called in” by the mayor for further consideration. His own officials are recommending that he accept the plan

The consultation will run until 17 December. As of today, no date had been set by the mayor for a public hearing.

AG Hondo Popes Road BV, the Amsterdam-based company behind the planning application, has announced more incentives for its application to be approved.

These include:

  • Increasing the provision of affordable workspace in the development from 25 more than 60 years – ending in 2090. 
  • A new “Brixton job training fund” of £1m, paid at £40,000 a year for 25 years.
  • 50% more apprenticeships during the occupation phase than those already promised.

The consultation will be on these additions. Any previous comments will also be considered.

A Great London Authority (GLA) report on the application in March 202, said: “GLA officers have concluded that the redevelopment of the site for an office-led mixed use regenerative development, as proposed, should be supported in strategic planning terms and as such there are no reasons for the Mayor to intervene in this case either by directing refusal of planning permission or by making himself local planning authority in respect of the application.

“Accordingly, it is recommended that Lambeth Council be allowed to determine the application itself, subject to any action that the Secretary of State may take.”

Comments can be made online.

Details of the current state of the application are on the GLA website.

The GLA said the mayor will consider the planning application at a public hearing and that a date for this “will be confirmed in due course”.