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Raft of south London schemes win planning

Developer Lend Lease has won planning permission to build more than 200 homes in the south of the capital, including schemes by AHMM and Scott Brownrigg

The Surrey Lane scheme in Battersea, designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), includes 104 homes in two buildings for five and six storeys, and Victoria Drive in Wimbledon includes a development of 55 houses and 55 flats, designed by Scott Brownrigg.

Lend Lease said that the homes would all have access to private balconies and gardens, and feature sustainable building practices producing reduced energy costs.

New school facilities on the Surrey Lane site for the local Saint John Bosco College, designed by AHMM, have also been given the go-ahead by the London Borough of Wandsworth.

Since the start of the year, the developer has got the green light for more than 700 homes in London.

Lend Lease head of residential Richard Cook said: ‘Our aim is to become one of the leading residential developers in the capital and we shall be looking to partner with landowners in both the public and private sectors to bring forward more new homes for Londoners in the next few years.’

The developer has also started work on Make’s controversial £1.5 billion scheme in Elephant and Castle. One The Elephant, a 37-storey tower, will be include 284 homes, while Trafalgar Place, on the site of the former Heygate Estate will have 235 homes. The district’s leisure centre is being replaced with a new John McAslan-designed facility and the residential tower by Squire and Partners.

Southwark council has also now insisted that Elephant and Castle’s shopping centre be demolished as part of £3 billion regeneration plans for the area.

The council has rejected earlier options to retain some parts of the original building and will now insist on full demolition.

It has agreed to use a compulsory purchase order if necessary, after securing agreement from Transport for London to make the northern roundabout a peninsular.

Councillor Fiona Colley, cabinet member for regeneration, said the shopping centre was the ‘final piece of the jigsaw’.

‘As the options for refurbishment were developed further, we were less and less happy with how the scheme would fit in with the rest of the area’s high quality designs’ she said.

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