Former biscuit factory set for 1624 new home mixed use development

Revised plans for the mixed-use phased redevelopment of the Peak Fearns Biscuit Factory have been submitted to Southwark Council for approval.

The former biscuit factory which was the first to manufacture the Garibaldi, Digestive, and Bourbon biscuits closed in 1989.

The first proposals submitted by initial developer Grovesnor and architects Kohn Pedersen Fox were approved in February 2020, following a refusal by the local council due to an affordable housing offering of 27% despite the minimum being 35%.

The proposed new scheme, image credit HTA Design.

A sale of the site with consent for up to 1,343 homes entirely for rent and conversion of the former biscuit factory for an office floorspace was agreed with new owner Greystar in early 2023.

Client and build-to-rent operator Greystar has appointed architects HTA Design to produce design and access proposals for the site.

The proposed plans submitted on behalf of Fizzy Bermondsey Holding Limited (the operator of the proposed scheme), would see an increase of 281 new homes entirely for rent alongside new commercial and open space alongside a new school.

Inside one of the retained industrial buildings, image credit Constructing London.

Submitted as an application to Section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act (As amended) 1990 for the Site known as The Bermondsey Project.

Unlike the scheme approved in 2020, the residential buildings include two fire escape stairs in each residential building, in line with amended building regulations post-Grenfell.

Proposed developer compensation includes £755,250 towards the off-setting on local projects in Southwark and an S106 / Community Infrastructure Levy payment in excess of £32.65 million.

The application was registered with the London Borough of Southwark in late July and is likely to be considered by the planning committee in Q2 / Q3 2024.