Lambeth Council Leader, Councillor Lib Peck is urging the Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles not to jeopardise the future of a planned development at Waterloo.
Lambeth Council approved planning permission for the proposed Elizabeth House development last year but critics of the scheme are asking Mr Pickles to ‘call in’ the decision to reconsider.
In a letter to the Secretary of State, copied to London Mayor Boris Johnson, Councillor Peck says giving the green light for the Elizabeth House development “…. is a critical component of ensuring that the Waterloo area can realise its full potential ……and that we can realise our vision of delivering 15,000 jobs and 1,900 new homes within the Waterloo area.”
Councillor Peck argues that: “There is a real risk that if we do not get this scheme moving that we may jeopardise other schemes in the area. We also risk missing a once in a generation opportunity to ensure that local communities in the area can benefit from improved connections, opportunities to gain employment and a vastly improved environment to ensure that they can enjoy an area which many feel currently turns its back on them.”
Lambeth Council believes the Elizabeth House development is absolutely consistent with the government’s National Planning Policy Framework and will bring considerable economic, social and cultural benefits to the area.