Green light for revised Old Kent Road Area Action Plan

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Southwark Council has agreed to further consultation on the revised plan for Old Kent Road.

A page from the updated Old Kent Road AAP published December 2020

The updated version of the Old Kent Road Area Action plan, which incorporates significant changes in response to feedback from the local community, was approved by the council’s Cabinet yesterday.

Residents and businesses will be invited to feedback on the revised plan when a further round of public consultation opens between 11 January and 5 April 2021.

Over 2,000 people have had their say on plans for the area since the council started consulting in early 2015.

During the last major consultation on the December 2017 draft plan, the council held 35 community events and received over 750 responses. This feedback, along with regular Old Kent Road forums and the council’s continued community engagement, helped inform the proposals in the updated plan. These include:

– Two brand new town centres along the Old Kent Road

– 20,000 new homes, including at least 7,000 affordable homes of which at least 5,000 will be social rent homes

– 10,000 additional new jobs (20,000 in total) including a green new deal that creates jobs

– Two new tube stations on the Bakerloo line extension

– A net zero carbon status by 2030, including a carbon-saving heat network

– Five new heritage conservation areas

– A state of the art youth facility

– A new health centre

– New parks and green spaces

– A new further education facility

– A new secondary school, two new primary schools and the potential to expand nine existing primary schools in the area.

Old Kent Road AAP 2020

The updated Old Kent Road AAP, published December 2020

Cllr Johnson Situ, cabinet member for climate emergency, planning and transport, said:

“We long knew we needed to be ambitious if we wanted to meet the need for more housing in London, while also increasing employment opportunities and designing new neighbourhoods that deliver new open spaces, community facilities, improvements to air quality and a shift to sustainable travel like walking and cycling. In the wake of the pandemic, these priorities have crystallised further to form a vital part of our green recovery from COVID-19.

“The Old Kent Road Area Action Plan meets all these needs with a refreshed focus on connecting communities, effectively building two brand new town centres along the Old Kent Road under which the Bakerloo line extension will run.

“We are grateful to the thousands of local people who have spoken to us about the plans over the past three years, helping us understand their concerns and priorities.

We looked at the demand for affordable homes and in consultation with the community, we’ve already approved nearly 8,000 new homes in the area with 38 percent being genuinely affordable. This is the highest average being delivered in the whole of London, putting us on track to surpass the action plan’s policy that at least 35 percent of new homes will be affordable.

“This revised version of the plan has taken into account issues raised in earlier consultations, especially around creating a greener, healthier environment. The latest version includes a new cornerstone policy which means the development of Old Kent Road will be net carbon neutral by 2030, as well as plans for developments in the area to be car free. We have also included a map and more information about how new developments will link to the District Heat Network, significantly reducing carbon emissions and lowering local residents’ energy bills.

“We recognise the importance of business and industry in the Old Kent Road, contributing to the local economy and the unique industrial heritage of the area. This final draft of plans outlines how we will double the number of jobs from 10,000 in earlier drafts to 20,000 with many paying the London Living Wage, as well as proposing five new heritage conservation areas which identify and protect from development all listed and locally important buildings.

We’ve also included a new policy that sets out how the Old Kent Road will evolve from a place to pass through to a destination which boasts an innovative mix of commercial, residential and leisure uses at a scale not previously seen in London, integrating new with old.”

Read more about the benefits of regenerating Old Kent Road

Take part in the consultation

Read a summary of the main changes in the updated plan

Download a copy of the updated December 2020 version of the AAP.

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