838 New Homes Proposed for Elephant & Castle

The third proposal in eight years for the Borough Triangle site has been submitted for full detailed planning consent in the London Borough of Southwark, scheme by Berkeley Homes and lead project architect Maccreanor Lavington.

The triangle-shaped site in the south London borough has been subject to two subject proposals within the last decade.

Firstly a 529-home proposal commissioned by the housing association Peabody was withdrawn in 2016 following an uproar about the perceived effect on the nearby Ministry of Sound nightclub.

This was followed some years later by a scheme by the same developer which saw the proposed number of homes rise to 674 without the re-provision of the renowned nightclub.

Proposals by the FTSE100 home builder are seeking planning permission to build new buildings ranging from 10, 18 up to 42, and 46 floors topping out at 145 and 158 meters respectively.

Proposed replacement venue for the MoS nightclub, image credit Peabody / Marshall Architects.

The scheme represents a notable increase in height in contrast to the 2014 proposal and the previous scheme, which never made it to planning submission.

Proposals include the retention and refurbishment of some buildings along Borough Road, including 82 Borough Road, and the introduction of new active travel routes throughout the site.

The brownfield site which is an equal distance between Borough, St George’s Circus, and Elephant & Castle, means that it is well served by public transportation, with the site having a Public transport accessibility level rating of 6b.

The total site area of 1.01ha (approximately 10,000 sqm) and overall, 18% of the site area is provided as public open space, rising to 29% when including Playspace and commercial spill-out in the public realm.

Proposed public realm with the refurbished 82 Borough Road in the centre-left.

Of the 838 new homes proposed for this site, 99 will be for social rent and 123 for Affordable Intermediate tenure, however, it is yet to be determined if this is for sale which will take the form of Shared Ownership or some rental tenure.

When looking through the lens of the number of habitable rooms proposed, which is a room used, or intended to be used, for dwelling purposes including a kitchen but not a bathroom or utility room the scheme does satisfy the 35 % affordable housing premium.

Social rent tenure housing is set to be provided within a smaller corner building of Newington Causeway and Borough Road with intermediate housing to be provided at the lower levels of the two high-rises.

The planning was submitted to Southwark Council, and the following rounds of planning consultations are likely to be determined at some point in mid-late 2023.