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.”