London is moving one step closer to increasing its housing supply after mayor Boris Johnson approved plans to construct 335 new homes in Elephant and Castle. The development will include 65 shared ownership flats and will see developer Englewood Limited construct a 41-storey block on the site at Eileen House, Newington Causeway. There will also be a public square created, together with a retail element at the ground floor of the development and parkland.
Despite the lack of housing supply in London, planning permission for the site was originally refused by Southwark Council in 2011. Mr Johnson decided to take over the application on the grounds that the area had overriding housing needs. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Sound nightclub has opposed the plans, maintaining that residents could complain about noise disturbances. In response to this, the developer has altered their original design to include acoustic glazing, sealed windows and internal 'wintergardens'.
"This scheme will deliver much-needed housing in Elephant and Castle while ensuring that the Ministry of Sound, one of London's leading cultural and musical icons, can continue to thrive for years to come," Mr Johnson said. "The Ministry of Sound makes a huge contribution to the area's thriving night time economy. We want the club to be at the heart of our plans to transform the area into a thriving town centre which is attractive to live, work and play, particularly for young people and students."
The development will sit within the Elephant and Castle Opportunity Area, which is one of 33 designated by Mr Johnson that have significant capacity for new housing, commercial or other developments. The site will see the transport interchange completely overhauled, with the physical environment and open spaces also reformed. Overall, there will be 4,000 new homes and 5,000 new jobs created.
The Greater London Authority recommended the development for approval and praised the project for readjusting to take account of the needs of the Ministry of Sound when it was identified that further mitigation wasn't necessary.
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- Friday 20 December 2013