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Bermondsey biscuit factory site to be regenerated

Words: Laura Edgar
OPQ and Keetons Playspace view from junction of Clements and Drummond Road / Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Deputy mayor for planning and regeneration Jules Pipe has approved plans for more than 1,500 homes and a secondary school in South London.

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland’s scheme will be built on the former Biscuit Factory and Bermondsey Campus site in Southwark.

Plans include 1,548 homes, all of which will be for the rental market. Of the homes, 35 per cent have been designated as affordable housing, including at social rent levels.

Southwark Council refused the scheme in February last year, as it would not deliver enough affordable housing. It also had concerns about the quality of the homes. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan decided to call the application in.

Grosvenor said it has worked with Southwark Council and the Greater London Authority (GLA) to increase the level of affordable housing while ensuring the project, and its many other benefits, remain deliverable.

This work has seen the total number of homes on the scheme increase from 1,342 to 1,548 homes, while the level of affordable housing has increased from 27.5 per cent to 35 per cent.

Grosvenor’s plans also include new play and public spaces, and 150,000 square feet of flexible employment space. It will be a car-free development built to net-zero carbon, zero waste and biodiversity goals.

The first phase will deliver 359 homes alongside a new 600-pupil secondary school and 8,155 square feet of employment space.

Pipe said: “The site has the potential to deliver more than 1,500 new homes in an area of London with a high demand for affordable housing, close to transport links and central London.

“It will also provide new facilities for a secondary school which is currently housed in dated buildings.

“Overall, it would make a significant contribution towards the regeneration of this part of Bermondsey. Having considered all the evidence available to me, I have decided to approve this application.”

Simon Harding-Roots, executive director of major projects at Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, said: “This project speaks directly to our purpose as a business – to bring lasting social and commercial benefit to the communities where we work. All the approved homes are for rent, and none are for sale. Every home will be occupied and managed by a responsible landlord with a genuine long-term interest in ensuring the neighbourhood thrives.

“Since 2013 we’ve worked hard to become part of the community in Bermondsey and we are incredibly excited to get the green light for this development. I would like to thank local residents, the school, Southwark Council and the GLA for all their help contributing to these proposals. We are committed to the area and will ensure that the transformation of the biscuit factory happens quickly and directly supports all those living and working in this part of the borough.”

The site was formerly a Peek Freans biscuit factory.

Image credit | Grosvenor Britain & Ireland