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'Too few affordable homes' in Westfield expansion plan

Developers planning to expand a giant shopping centre in west London are under fire for including too few affordable homes.

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London's mayor Boris Johnson today approved a £1bn extension to the Westfield mall at Shepherd's Bush.

The plans will see the opening of a new John Lewis store and the creation of 6,700 jobs.The developer, Westfield Shoppingtowns Ltd, will also build more than 1,300 new homes - but just 12% will be affordable.

Labour condemned the quota, saying it was a "pretty poor deal". Boris Johnson said:

This expansion will create thousands of much-needed new homes and jobs and ensure that the area remains one of West London's leading shopping destinations for years to come.

But Labour's housing spokesman on the London Assembly, Tom Copley, said:

Once again Boris Johnson has approved a major development with a woefully inadequate level of affordable housing.

He says he is committed to getting more affordable homes built, but actions speak louder than words.

By approving yet another development where the vast majority of homes will be beyond the reach of people on low and middle incomes he has shown himself to favour big profits for developers over the needs of ordinary Londoners.