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Nine Elms: 1,800 more homes approved

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Published by Julien Tremblin for 24dash.com in Housing

Plans approved for 1,800-home scheme in wider Nine Elms regeneration Plans approved for 1,800-home scheme in wider Nine Elms regeneration

Wandsworth Council last night approved plans for more than 1,800 homes in the Nine Elms regeneration zone in South London.

A total of 1,870 homes are planned for the new scheme – including 168 homes for affordable rent and 112 homes for intermediate rent. They will be constructed on the 13 acre site currently occupied by the South London Mail Centre which is due to close soon.

Across Nine Elms, more than 1,000 new homes are already under construction and this latest approval brings the number of homes with planning consent to nearly 9,300.

Proposals for a further 4,500 homes are in the pipeline which would bring the number of new homes in the capital to nearly 14,000.

The new scheme approved yesterday - called Nine Elms Parkside - will also provide a new state primary school and a 3.3-acre public park.

As part of the scheme's Section 106 package the developer will pay approximately £50m towards improving local transport and community infrastructure. The majority will go towards the planned Northern Line Extension which will create two new Tube stations in Nine Elms, at a cost of £900 million.

Other community benefits will include a £200,000 towards an extension of the Barclay Cycle Hire scheme to Nine Elms, £300,000 towards a local employment initiative and new car club parking spaces.

Space for new shops, businesses, postal services, cafés, restaurants, bars, and a variety of sports and leisure facilities are also planned.

A sports hall and outdoor sports pitches would also be created which would be used by the new school and the wider community. There will also be over 2,000 cycle parking spaces across the site.

The scheme, designed by architects Allies & Morrison, would create seven distinct plots with buildings ranging in height from five to 23 storeys.

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 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.

Up to now, planning permission has also been granted for more 250,000 square metres of new commercial and community space across Nine Elms.

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