Gasholders plan approved

Wandsworth Council has approved plans for the Battersea Gasholders site in Nine Elms.

The latest plans contained 28 more homes for low cost rent, meaning the five-acre site will now provide a total of 229 new homes for shared ownership and for reduced rents for households on lower incomes, as part of a total of 955 properties to be built.

It means that the scheme, a joint venture between developer St William and National Grid, will now build more than three quarters of its affordable homes for low cost rent, and the rest for shared ownership.

In addition to the extra housing, the revised planning permission allows for a public square, and more space for a nursery, café and shops.

The four gasholders, the tallest of which reached 95 metres above ground level, were decommissioned in 2013 before demolition began to make way for the proposed development of buildings ranging from two storeys up to 27. Important industrial heritage artefacts, such as the metal shields on the gasholders frames, are being incorporated into the new building or saved for posterity.

The site is located opposite Battersea Power Station and between two Victorian railway viaducts, with the developers contributing £4million for improvements to neighbouring Battersea Park train station, and £30million to the Northern Line extension and tube stations at Nine Elms.

Planning committee chair Sarah McDermott said: “This development will turn old industrial land into new housing. Particularly important is that affordable housing will be provided for Wandsworth households earning well below the Mayor of London’s income thresholds.

“Securing major investment for infrastructure such as transport in Nine Elms is vital to the transformation of this previously disused area into an exciting new part of London.”

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