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Blackfriars Road housing development - possible bait & switch by Clarion Homes

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Sunday 2 February 2020 6.43pm
I'm disappointed to see that the huge residential building going up on Blackfriars Road at the moment, despite being run by Clarion Homes, has hardly any social housing, and is listed as a "high end" development, with only 8 flats to for rent "to local people", and 2 for shared ownership, out of 53 units.

"Since 2015 when DMA initially developed this project, Blackfriars Road has undergone significant change and DMA have recently been appointed to review proposals in light of the new context. The data below relates to the current approved scheme."

Does anyone know any more about how this came about?
Sunday 2 February 2020 6.51pm
Clarion's predecessor Affinity Sutton bought the site in 2013 with the stated aim of using the proceeds of the 'high-end' scheme to fund their housing association activities elsewhere:

When the permission was granted, the site was owned by a private sector developer.

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Sunday 2 February 2020 8.56pm
Thanks for that James, I've managed to find the latest planning permission for the site.

It seems to have only been granted permission for 8 stories, at a maximum height of 27.5 meters, and they applied for planning permission in November last year to increase the height by 150mm to accommodate lift overrun. However, the plans show that it's 9 floors, and it seems to be much higher than 27.5 meters (and still climbing).

It's also a pity that Clarion couldn't squeeze in more social housing, especially when there's such a shortage of affordable housing in the borough. Hopefully, the profits from the flats do go towards rent, they're a terrible housing association and it would have been much better for their tenants if they hadn't merged with Affinity Sutton, who seemed a bit more conscientious and far less greedy.
Monday 3 February 2020 4.57pm
They can add more housing but itíll go up. These developers have a sneaky strategy of getting more floors added as it goes through planning. I bet it will be 12+ stories when itís built.

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