Plans to redevelop Battersea Power Station have met with the broad approval of the Mayor of London, but the scheme needs to offer more affordable housing, he said.

In his report on the 52-acre site, Boris Johnson told Real Estate Opportunities (REO), which owns the iconic station site, said the scheme did not comply with the London Plan and he expects the “maximum reasonable amount” of affordable housing.

He said: “This key part of the capital is the biggest development opportunity remaining in London and the power station is one of London’s much loved historic landmarks. It is vital that we get the redevelopment of this site right.

“I am encouraged by what I have seen so far and confident that the developer, in partnership with Wandsworth Council can work up these proposals into a high quality masterplan. This will ensure we can deliver on the wider aspirations for the area as set out in the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea planning framework I am developing with Wandsworth and Lambeth Councils.”

REO’s plans, which include modernisation of the power station, a mix of residential and commercial space and restaurants and parks, were modified after concerns about height were addressed.