Nine Elms gasholders consultation

Published: 3 October 2012

National Grid is inviting local people to have their say on its plans to demolish four redundant gasholders in the Nine Elms on the South Bank regeneration area.

Drop in sessions will be held on Wednesday 10 October and Thursday 11 October between 3pm and 8pm at The Gallery on the Corner, 155 Battersea Park Road, SW8 4BU .

National Grid's future plans for the site - which would be subject to a separate public consultation - are to work with a development partner to build homes, shops, offices, leisure facilities and new public spaces to connect neighbouring communities to the heart of Nine Elms.

Keith Johnston from National Grid explained: "We no longer need the holders to supply gas to the local community. Demolishing them and cleaning up the site will unlock its redevelopment potential and enable it to play a crucial role in the Nine Elms regeneration which is breathing fresh life into the area."

Councillor Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, said: "Nine Elms has started to transform on an enormous scale. The area's vast industrial sites are making way for new homes, businesses and a range of new public spaces the whole community can enjoy. It will open up a brand new part of central London and create thousands of job opportunities for local people.

"The gasholders occupy an important site between the established communities in the south of Battersea and the new town centre planned around the power station. It's very exciting to see this project moving forward and I urge local people to attend the drop in sessions to find out more about the proposals."

People can also speak to a member of the National Grid consultation team on 0800 319 6165 (9:00am to 5:30am Monday to Friday) or email their views on the plans to 

If the demolition plans are approved work could start on the site in the spring.

About Nine Elms on the South Bank

Nine Elms on the South Bank includes the Albert Embankment, Vauxhall and a large slice of industrial Battersea.

An enormous investment programme has begun to transform the area - around 2million sq m of new development has been granted planning permission across the district.

The Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership was created in 2010 to coordinate and drive forward the area's transformation. Co-chaired by the leaders of Wandsworth and Lambeth Council, it includes the area's main developers and landowners, the Mayor of London, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority.

Up to 16,000 new homes will be built - 14,000 already have planning consent and the first 1,000 are now under construction.

Up to 1,000 construction and engineering apprenticeships could be created across the regeneration programme.

The new Nine Elms on the South Bank will provide 25,000 new permanent jobs for London .

The Northern Line Extension will provide two new Tube stops in the area. One will be located at Wandsworth Road and another at Battersea Power Station. Plans for this Government backed scheme are now being developed by TfL.

A new stretch of Thames Path will run through the district and a new pedestrian and cycle bridge is planned to create another link to Westminster on the opposite bank of the river.

Work is now underway on major developments including St George's Vauxhall Tower scheme and the St James Riverlight development. 

Enabling works are also underway on the site of the new US Embassy which is expected to open in Nine Elms in 2017.

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