Nine Elms is on the brink of total transformation. Wandsworth Council must take a lead (in conjunction with Lambeth) and ensure that new developments are properly co-ordinated and benefit the community. Aware of the potential but also the pitfalls, the Battersea Society has produced a Planning Brief, The Future for Nine Elms.
A top priority for Nine Elms must be jobs for local people – bringing in new firms, but also retaining existing employers like Royal Mail, DHL and Covent Garden Market. Alongside this growth in local employment must go a determination to see that new developments include a proper share of affordable housing and family housing. The new Nine Elms must not, especially along the riverfront become a forest of tall buildings, and should exemplify the best environmental standards, with carbon neutral buildings and sustainable use of water.
The Society emphasises the importance of creating attractive surroundings at ground level. It should become a pleasure to walk or cycle through Nine Elms. Public transport will need a radical boost – and the Society is very much in favour of a tram route running from central London along Nine Elms Lane and Battersea Park Road to Wandsworth Plain.
Battersea Power Station must be restored and put to new uses, as the iconic hub of what should become a vibrant new quarter of London, a centre for the media and creative industries.
Finally, the Society would hope to see Wandsworth Council and the Mayor’s office ruling out a new major shopping centre for Nine Elms, which would be in the wrong place and could well kill off other local centres.
You can read the full document here .
Date posted: 18 June 2008