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Developer wants reduced affordable housing payment to Westminster Council

Fitzrovia News

A property developer who agreed with Westminster City Council to make a payment for affordable housing is now is pleading poverty and wants to reduce to the contribution to less than half. And Westminster’s planners agree, in spite of the fact that the building is close to a Crossrail station.

Front of building. Eastgate House in Eastcastle Street is mere minutes walking distance from Crossrail.

In November 2013 the council agreed to a conversion from offices to housing at Eastgate House in Eastcastle Street. The council’s policy is for new developments over a certain size to provide affordable housing. In this case the applicants, TMCT Associates Limited, argued that it was not possible to provide housing on the same site and as they did not have any other property in the area and offered to pay £797,000 towards the council’s affordable housing fund.

Tonight at planning meeting councillors will be asked to agree…

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