Nine Elms mail centre redevelopment plan

Published: Thursday 28th July 11

A planning application has been submitted by Royal Mail to create up to 1,870 homes and a new primary school in Nine Elms, east Battersea.


The mixed use scheme would also provide space for new shops, businesses, postal services, cafés, restaurants, bars and a variety of leisure facilities.

The proposal for the 13 acres site, which is currently used as a mail centre, has been designed by Allies & Morrison Architects.

The completed development would include a significant part of a proposed 'Linear Park' which would run from Battersea Power Station to Vauxhall Cross.

The application includes outline plans for the scheme's masterplan and detailed designs for a number of the buildings.

Planning officers have written to residents and businesses located nearby to ask for their views on the proposal.

The site is located in the Vauxhall, Nine Elms, Battersea (VNEB) Opportunity Area - a former industrial district which has begun to transform into a new residential and business quarter.

This process has gathered momentum over the last six months with several planning applications being submitted for vast redevelopment schemes. These include Marcus Cooper Group's plans for Marco Polo House and Ballymore's Embassy Gardens development.

Other schemes have already been approved including Treasury Holding's Battersea Power Station plans, St James Group's Riverlight development (formerly known as Tideway Wharf) and the United States Government's plan for a new embassy complex off Nine Elms Lane.

More major landowners are now in developer mode including National Grid, Sainsbury's, Covent Garden Market Authority, Klum and CIT-Green Properties.

An estimated £1bn of new infrastructure is supporting the area's growth. This includes a two station extension of the Northern Line to connect the district to the capital's underground network. The planning process is underway for the new tube link and Transport for London is working with Treasury Holdings to prepare a formal planning application.

A Nine Elms Vauxhall Strategy Board has been established to coordinate the vast scale of new investment pouring into the area. It includes the district's main landowners as well as the planning and transport authorities. This unique public-private partnership has a shared vision for the area and is working together to ensure this rapidly changing part of central London achieves its huge potential.

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Residents can view the application on line and leave a comment - application reference number 2011/2462.

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