Lambeth Council Leader Cllr Lib Peck has stressed the importance of a mixed community that offers opportunities for local people as well as wealthy investors. Speaking at an event showcasing the Vauxhall and Nine Elms development in front of foreign journalists, Cllr Peck said:
“We’re interested in a place, not just a series of developments – the bottom line of jobs and homes is just as important as the skyline. Unlocking the potential of the area is ambitious and we are pleased to be part of the success, working with developers and planners to bring these ambitions to life.”
Also attending the event was the Leader of Wandsworth Council, Cllr Ravi Govindia and Trade and Industry Minister Lord Green who spoke of, “London being transformed before our very eyes” and paid tribute to local and central government working together.
The 195 hectare site is the largest development site in Britain and promises 2,500 affordable homes for local people, 25,000 jobs and a further 22,000 construction jobs. The first of 200 local apprenticeships will start this year and there are also 1400 guaranteed training places for young people from Lambeth and Wandsworth.