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Tuesday22 July 2014

Make's Heygate estate plans approved by Southwark

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Council granted outline planning permission last night

Southwark council has approved Make’s outline plans for the regeneration of the Heygate estate in Elephant & Castle, south London.

The scheme, which is due to complete in 2025, would see the demolition of the existing buildings at the site to be replaced with 2,500 new homes, shops, restaurants and community facilities.

Speaking at the planning committee meeting last night Ken Shuttleworth said: “We believe that we are going to get the best architects in the world to work here.

“We are one of the best architects in the world anyway, so we are off to a good start. We haven’t spent 10 years of our lives working here to produce something that’s not absolutely brilliant.”

Shuttleworth went on to say he expects the new buildings to last for up to 200 years, according to the website SE1.

Developer Lend Lease has promised a minimum of 25% affordable homes, alongside improvements in public transport and pedestrian and cycle paths.

The masterplan also includes 4.53ha of open space and some 124 trees on the site will be kept for a new park.

Mark Dickinson, managing director of Lend Lease’s Development business in EMEA, said: “The approval of our masterplan vision sets in motion our long-term plans and our commitment to the area. We’ve set out our blueprint for the future but there is a lot of detailed work to undertake and we’ll continue working with the community at every step.”

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  • “We are one of the best architects in the world..."

    A bold statement, but one with which I beg to differ. The evidence to date rather points to the contrary.

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  • Andy Matthews

    All I see is trees. Any images showing what the scheme actually looks like?

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  • There ought to be a law against architects publishing intentionally misleading statements in the form of drawings.

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  • grapefruit

    thiis is only piece of grass in the scheme. and the trees in the rendering are imaginary. apart from that it's wall to wall shoe boxes.

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  • Andy Matthews

    Seems like there's a bigger story here via SE1's website.

    600 carparking spaces, zero renewables, no cycle facilities, only 71 social housing units?
    http://www.london-se1.co.uk/forum/read/1/166095

    1. Instead of 1,100 new social housing units included only 71. So no right of return for over 1,000 families.
    2. Instead of social housing, 2,400 private luxury apartments to be built instead.
    3. Instead of building human scale housing, the supposed brutal ugly Heygate which had at maximum 12 storey blocks, is to be replaced with a plethora of massive tower-blocks up to 30 storeys tall.
    4. The council has a policy of requiring 20% renewables in new buildings. The developer proposed ZERO and it was granted.
    5. The council has a policy of zero car parking in developments at major transport hubs. The developers proposed 600 car parking spaces and it was granted.
    6. The council has a policy of requiring space for cycling in new developments. The developers proposed zero meters of segregated cycle paths and it was granted.
    7. The new roads and footpaths in the development are to be privatised.
    8. Existing public park is to be replaced with a privatised park.
    9.The council has a policy of protecting existing tree canopies. The developer proposed to fell 286 trees (70% of the existing mature tree canopy) and it was granted.
    10. The council is to pay the developers demolition costs of £15 million ( would build 60 council homes).

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  • @andy matthews it sounds like Ken-trification to me :-/

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  • These images surely represent the high point of the 'stick a tree in front of the rendering to make it look more friendly' trick! Meanwhile the one published yesterday showing Goldman Sachs from Shoe Lane must be the low point!

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  • Andrea Klettner

    Hi Andy,

    These are the images provided by the developer - and they are the only ones we have.

    Andrea

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  • This is my favorite line..."Shuttleworth went on to say he expects the new buildings to last for up to 200 years." Ah, I don't think so. The buildings in the renderings, from what I could make out behind the trees, will last a maximum of 40 to 50 years with total replacement of building systems in 25.

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  • Looks just like the current Heygate estate - slab blocks and towers - which failed so spectacularly. The march of human folly eh.

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