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Battersea power station plans approved

The go ahead for the restoration of one of the UK’s most striking buildings has been given by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

The £5.5bn redevelopment of the iconic Battersea Power Station in south London brings closer an extension of the Tube’s Northern line.

It will also mean the creation of 25,000 jobs - 15,000 of them within the power station building - and the construction of 16,000 homes.

A Grade II listed building with distinctive chimneys, Battersea Power Station has been vacant since being decommissioned in 1983.

The power station redevelopment proposal has been put forward by the Real Estate Opportunities company. It includes a commitment from the developers of more than £200M in funding towards a two-station extension of the Northern line from Kennington.

“Battersea Power Station has long been an iconic feature of the capital’s skyline, and these plans will make sure that status is retained for years to come,” said Johnson.

“The building was once a vital motor helping to power the capital. With its future secured through this regeneration, it will once again play a part in driving London’s economy.”

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