Residents share views on Old Kent Road scheme

By Marco Cillario - Fri 30 September 2016, 12:36 pm

A series of consultation events have taken place on plans to transform Old Kent Road and the surrounding area.

Southwark Council has invited residents to discuss proposals to build 20,000 homes and extend the Bakerloo line with two new stations along the road.

Two community forums were held, at Walworth Academy on Shorncliffe Road on 18 July and at New Covenant Church on 14 September. Also at the church, a young people’s forum took place on 7 September, addressing residents aged between 11 and 24.

Online feedback will be collected until 4 November.

The project, first unveiled in June, has the potential to create 5,000 jobs and would also provide new schools and parks.

The road would feature shops, cafes and restaurants, with homes above them.

Improvements would be made to bus infrastructure and public realm for pedestrians and cyclists, and new paths linking the surrounding neighbourhoods would be built.

The area around the road would also be improved. New Bermondsey would be provided with a new overground station. Employment clusters including office and managed workspace, hybrid, light industrial and low cost space would be created in Mandela Way, Hatcham Road, Latona Road, Sandgate Street, St James’s Road and south-east Berdmondsey.

Up to two primary schools and potentially one secondary would be built by 2025. Other schools would be provided later in the 20-year plan period.

The final version of the plan will be drafted in 2017. After a final round of consultations, it will be submitted to the secretary of state for an examination in public held by an independent planning inspector.

Feedback on the proposals can be provided here.