Lambeth Council’s Planning Applications Committee has resolved to approve Sainsbury’s application for a major new development within the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area, following a meeting on Tuesday 12th June.
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 would 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 would generate an additional 440 jobs locally.
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.
The scheme is the latest in a number of major schemes approved by Lambeth and Wandsworth councils which will create an exciting new riverside destination across both boroughs, providing 16,000 new homes and up to 25,000 new jobs. In addition to iconic developments such as the new US embassy, Nine Elms will include a riverside walk, a new pedestrian and cycle bridge and new linear park, making it the greenest riverside district in central London.
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 to provide further guidance for developers and set out the community benefits that development should contribute towards. For further information visit www.lambeth.gov.uk/vneb and you can also join the VNEB mailing list.
The application is subject to expiry of Environmental Statement consultation and signing of Section 106 Agreement.