I'm running a number of other projects in different places, so am find it difficult to keep Lurking about SE11 updated. I'm going to try posting shorter updates with less analysis, and will run a series of quick updates...
Back in early September, Sainsbury's submitted planning permission for a huge development on their Nine Elms site, comprising seven new buildings (including 3 towers of 19, 28 and 37 storeys). They hope to win permission for 671 residential flats and a gym, but it sounds as though it will be an entire complex of mixed-use space. The firm plan to demolish the existing building containing the food shop (although a temporary store will be open whilst the works are taking place). The new Sainsbury's would occupy two floors and be much larger than the previous store.
There's more information on the Sainsbury's website for the Nin Elms project here, and you can read the full planning submission (if you have a free fortnight) on Lambeth Planning database under 11/02326/OUT
Sainsbury's are including within their submission a space for a children's tutoring facility as well as an "energy centre" (clues anybody?), community floorspace (1,860 square metres), office floor space. When I saw the original plans, they hoped to provide retail space for other non-Sainsbury's related businesses. There will also be space for a children's playground and a new route linking Wandsworth Rd with New Covent Garden.
Tradescant Road also wrote a brief post on the submission.
Crucially, what still appears to be missing, of course, is any form of public green space. That's how the Bondway was defeated. But perhaps Sainsbury's is too far away from the Bondway to fall under the same ruling. Anyhow, because I'm so late with this one, it's theoretically too late to submit comments. I would suggest, however, that it would be worth doing so anyway, because Lambeth Council quite often consider and accept comments up until a proposal comes to be considered by the Planning Committee. Just click on the reference number above, and then click "submit comments".
Saturday - A 7am work shift to start the weekend. I had presumed that it would be quiet. Never presume anything… I finished just in time to cycle over to Sunny Colch ...
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