London borough approves 520 Vauxhall homes

The London Borough of Lambeth has given the go-ahead to a mixed-use development comprising 520 homes on a 1.85-hectare site in Vauxhall.

Visualisation: London’s future skyline at Nine Elms on the South Bank
Visualisation: London’s future skyline at Nine Elms on the South Bank
The application, submitted by Vauxhall Cross Limited, a subsidiary of property firm CLS Holdings, was granted full planning permission at a committee meeting yesterday evening.

The proposed development is intended to comprise 520 residential flats, of which 110 units would be affordable. The application also proposes offices, retail uses, a hotel, student accommodation, a homeless hostel and a multi-screen cinema, according to a report to the council’s planning applications committee.

The proposed development, which lies within the London Plan’s Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea opportunity area, would be made up of nine blocks ranging between three, six, nine, ten, 11, 21, 30, 48 and 50 storeys.

The application would see existing buildings on the site demolished, except for six terraced buildings which front onto Wandsworth Road.

Built environment conservation adviser English Heritage raised concerns about the visibility of the tops of the two tallest residential towers in views of Battersea Power Station from Battersea Park, views of the Royal Festival Hall from Waterloo Bridge and views outwards from Trafalgar Square.

But the planning officer’s report said that council planners support the applicant’s view that, "whilst the height of the towers meant that they could be seen in the views identified by English Heritage, they did not have a negative impact on any heritage assets as defined by the National Planning Policy Framework".

Helen Fisher, programme director for Nine Elms on the South Bank, said: "Vauxhall Square is the latest in a series of major planning consents across Nine Elms on the South Bank and comes just weeks after the chancellor announced a £1 billion loan guarantee for the Tube extension to Battersea.

"This is by far the biggest development programme in London and will one of the greatest drivers of new jobs and homes in the UK for many years to come."

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