Nine Elms vision and Royal Mail site approval

The Mayor of London has published his planning framework for Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea as another approval is granted for an 1,800 home scheme in the area.

The Mayor’s vision outlines how he hopes a brand new district with 16,000 new homes and up to 25,000 new jobs will be created. It is enabled by the extension of the Northern Line to Battersea, via a commitment in the Chancellor’s 2011 Autumn Statement, and part-funded by a CIL levy on developments.

Boris Johnson said: “We have already seen how major investment in our infrastructure from the 2012 Games has transformed east London and is already attracting great interest from investors from around the world. There is every reason to believe that we can replicate that level of success on the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea site.”

Meanwhile, Wandsworth Council has approved plans for a 1,870 home developmentwhich also delivers a new primary school and a 3.3 acre public park.

The mixed use scheme – called Nine Elms Parkside – would also provide space for new shops, businesses, postal services, cafés, restaurants, bars, and a variety of sports and leisure facilities. The 13 acre site is currently occupied by the South London Mail Centre which is due to close as part of Royal Mail’s ongoing restructuring programme.

The scheme’s masterplan, by Allies & Morrison Architects, would create seven distinct plots with building ranging in height from 5 to 23 storeys. The development is set around new public squares, courtyards, gardens and a new 3.3 acre public park which would run the full length of the site from east to west.

This new green space will form a key link in the Nine Elms Linear Park – a continuous green corridor that will run right the way through Nine Elms, from Battersea Power Station in the west to Vauxhall Cross in the east.

Nine Elms programme director Helen Fisher said: “More than 1,000 homes are now under construction in Nine Elms along with brand new offices, shops, a new riverside walk and acres of new park land. The scale of the transformation is truly remarkable and this latest planning approval adds further momentum to our regeneration programme.

“The proposal would see this vast site brought back into use after the mail centre closes and more than three acres of new park land created.

“It provides another £50mn towards the Northern Line Extension and brings the rebirth of this forgotten part of central London a significant step closer.”

The Royal Mail site lies at the heart of the Nine Elms regeneration zone. Immediately to the east is Ballymore’s Embassy Gardens development which last month achieved planning consent for a mixed use scheme including almost 2,000 new homes.

To the north is St James Homes’ Riverlight development which is now under construction and to the south is New Covent Garden Market where a planning application has been submitted for another major regeneration project.

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