London Mayor Boris Johnson blasted on homes plan

Royal Mail Group wants to build 683 homes as well as shops, offices, restaurants and public space on half of the Mount Pleasant site in central London

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson

A decision by London's mayor to take over a planning application to build hundreds of houses on the site of a postal sorting office has caused controversy.

Royal Mail Group wants to build 683 homes as well as shops, offices, restaurants and public space on half of the Mount Pleasant site in central London.

The privatised postal group wrote to Boris Johnson to ask if he would agree to take on the role of planning authority for the scheme, and he has agreed.

The mayor’s office said there was a disagreement between the boroughs of Islington and Camden over some aspects of the scheme, but this was denied. James Murray, Islington Council’s executive member for housing and development, said: “It’s outrageous that the mayor has taken this decision out of Islington and Camden’s hands.”

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