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New bridge and Northern Line extension to regenerate Nine Elms

London Mayor Boris Johnson has proposed building a new pedestrian and cycle bridge from Nine Elms to Pimlico, and extending the Northern Line from Kennington to Battersea, to regenerate the Nine Elms area.

In the Vauxhall and Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area Planning Framework, published yesterday, plans were detailed to transform the area stretching from Vauxhall to Battersea Power Station, creating 16,000 new homes, up to 25,000 new jobs and major new transport links.

As well as the bridge and tube extensions, the plans propose:

  • permitting tall buildings on the site where they are appropriate and do not compromise the setting of the Palace of Westminster
  • a new park for residents accommodating a range of uses including allotments linking to the food economy at New Covent Garden
  • new pedestrian and cycle networks
  • better designed homes and communities bringing relief to an area suffering from multiple levels of deprivation
  • a decentralised energy network connecting to other existing and planned district heating networks at Pimlico, Whitehall and Westminster

Boris Johnson said the regeneration of Nine Elms is “the final piece of the jigsaw” for Central London. “The regeneration of Vauxhall and Nine Elms now is hugely significant in allowing us to support the economic growth of the whole of the capital,” he said.

“This neglected area which for years has failed to fulfil its potential, and is disconnected from surrounding neighbourhoods, will become a thriving new quarter for living, leisure and business and an easily accessible destination for Londoners and visitors.”

“This neglected area which for years has failed to fulfil its potential will become a thriving new quarter for living, leisure and business.”

Boris Johnson, London mayor

The framework acknowledges that the proposal to relocate the U.S. Embassy to Nine Elms, and the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station and New Covent Garden Market, are key to the area’s regeneration. A private sector-led extension of the Northern Line will provide a crucial public transport link.

Revised supplementary guidance to the London Plan on Crossrail contributions has made it clear that office development in Vauxhall and Nine Elms will not be covered by these policies and exempt from the levy. Instead, contributions are likely to be sought from all new developments towards funding of the Northern Line Extension.

The revised Crossrail guidance also proposes a 20% discount on the Crossrail levy for new office developments along the project’s route which are granted planning permission and start work during the three year period after the new policy is formally published next Summer, to provide an incentive for work to start on new schemes.

Over the next two decades and beyond, nearly 200 hectares of derelict and under used land in the Nine Elms area, stretching from Vauxhall to Battersea Power Station, will be regenerated into new communities, with green open spaces.

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