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Lambeth ‘bitterly disappointed’ by Pickles ‘calling-in’ Shell centre

The Leader of Lambeth Council, Cllr Lib Peck says the decision to ‘call in’ the redevelopment of the Shell Centre on the south bank is ‘bitterly disappointing’ .
Lambeth council granted planning permission for the project in May but it will now be referred to an independent inquiry.
Cllr Peck said: “The redevelopment of the Shell Centre will bring jobs, homes and new open spaces to the area.  Shell is one of Britain’s largest and most important employers and will act as a catalyst for further jobs and economic activity in Waterloo. Calling in the decision is not only bitterly disappointing but means further
delays to  economic growth  and sends the wrong message to developers who are prepared to invest in and work with local communities.”

One of the significant features of the scheme was a deal with the South Bank Centre to purchase Hungerford Car Park to be incorporated within an extended Jubilee Gardens by 2016.

A date has yet to be set for the planning inquiry.
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