Southwark Council planners have approved proposals for an 87-home development on Blackfriars Road.
The scheme, by Linden Homes and Thames Valley Housing Association, had been recommended for refusal by planning officers. However amendments to the proposed level of affordable housing prompted planning committee members to approve the scheme.
Under the plans, first reported by Southwark Magazine earlier this year, the existing buildings on Blackfriars Road between Pocock Street and Surrey Row would be demolished and replaced by a new part-10, part-six storey structure that also incorporates five commercial units with a total floorspace of 451sq m.
Linden and Thames Valley’s earlier plans proposed a level of affordable housing that equated to some 20 per cent of the development, prompting the refusal recommendation from officers.
It was subsequently raised to 31 per cent.
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