Wandsworth Council in London, UK has approved Royal Mail Group’s plan for a new mixed-use scheme called Nine Elms Parkside, designed by London-based architect Allies & Morrison.
The project site is currently occupied by Royal Mail’s South London Mail Centre, which is due to be closed as part of an ongoing restructuring programme.
Nine Elms programme director Helen Fisher said: "More than 1,000 homes are now under construction in Nine Elms along with brand new offices, shops, a new riverside walk and acres of new park land."
"The proposal would see this vast site brought back into use after the mail centre closes and more than three acres of new park land created," Fisher said.
The Nine Elms Parkside scheme incorporates 1,870 new homes, a primary school, new shops, businesses, postal services, cafes, restaurants, bars, and a variety of sports and leisure facilities.
The development will create a sports hall, outdoor sports pitches and 2,414 cycle parking spaces across the site.
Buildings ranging from five to 23 storeys will be constructed around new public squares, courtyards, gardens and a 3.3-acre public park that will run the full length of the site from east to west.
The site lies to the east of Ballymore’s Embassy Gardens development, which last month received planning consent for a further 2,000 homes.
As part of the scheme’s Section 106 package the developer will provide £50m for the improvement of local transport and community infrastructure; the majority is expected to be used for the planned Northern Line extension creating two new tube stations in Nine Elms.
The latest approval brings the number of homes with planning consent across the Nine Elms area to 9,296.
The council has also granted planning permission for more than a quarter of a million square metres of new commercial and community space in Nine Elms.
The new commercial and community space includes a new shopping hub, office buildings, hotels, leisure centres, a primary school, galleries, GP practices and community buildings.
A further 90,000 square metres of commercial space is currently being planned.
Image: The Nine Elms Parkside scheme includes 1,870 new homes, a primary school, new shops and leisure facilities. Photo: Wandsworth Council.