Lambeth Council has resolved to approve Sainsbury’s planning application for a major new development within the Nine Elms and Vauxhall opportunity area, which includes the entrance to the proposed Nine Elms tube station.
The site is located just over the borough boundary from Wandsworth in Vauxhall.
The approved scheme will provide 737 new homes, including 144 affordable units, mainly located in three towers of 19, 28 and 37 storeys. Sainsbury’s will be replacing their existing store with a much larger one as well as providing additional retail space along a new street running east to west through the site.
The scheme will provide additional retail, business uses and a children’s educational facility with car parking for both the retail store and the residential apartments. Overall, the scheme could generate an additional 440 jobs.
The proposals also allow for a new Nine Elms tube station to be located at the site on Wandsworth Road, as part of the proposed Northern Line extension, which will support the creation of a vibrant new district along the south bank between Lambeth Bridge and Battersea Bridge.
Cllr Lib Peck, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Lambeth Council, said: “This is a really significant step forward for the regeneration of the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea area. Regeneration of this area is going to bring huge benefits for people in south London, including jobs, homes, leisure facilities and public spaces, and we are determined to see it realised as soon as possible. The extension of the Northern Line and a new station at Nine Elms is absolutely crucial to unlocking the area’s potential. ”
Last month, Lambeth’s Planning Applications Committee approved another scheme in the opportunity area on Timworth Street, to the east of the railway line. This mixed-use scheme will provide a 120-room hotel, student accommodation, a replacement community centre as well as new and improvements to existing public realm. The council is currently developing a supplementary planning document for the Vauxhall area.
Leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia has welcomed the decision, saying: “This part of central London is going through an extraordinary transformation. Huge improvements are being made to Vauxhall Cross and the industrial land between here and Battersea Park is changing beyond all recognition.
“The process is creating new homes and jobs for local people as well as vast areas of new public space along the South Bank. The Sainsbury’s scheme will be another important step in this exciting programme.”