Westminster City Council has refused planning permission for a luxury residential development in Bayswater on the grounds that it does not provide enough affordable housing.
The proposal, made by Leeds Property Ltd, set out to convert The Holiday Villa Hotel into 32 flats but offered no plans to include any affordable housing, which the council’s planning committee found to be unacceptable.
The decision to refuse planning permission is in line with Westminster’s new tougher approach and follows a council pledge to create 1,850 affordable homes by 2023.
The council has a housing target that at least 30% of new homes are affordable.
All large residential schemes must provide a proportion of housing as affordable and the Holiday Villa Hotel development needed to create at least 11 affordable homes to meet council policy.
Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Public Realm, Daniel Astaire said: “This decision should serve as a warning to developers that the council means business when it comes to affordable housing. “We have set out a challenge for developers and it’s important that the industry takes our new tougher approach seriously. The message is clear, new housing development in the city must provide the appropriate amount affordable housing on site. “We understand the development community faces its own challenges but we must work together to find creative solutions to the housing shortage. The council has a policy in place and we are sticking to it. If you want to build in Westminster, affordable housing is a priority.”