The planning application for the Vauxhall Island Site, at the centre of the one-way system, has been re-advertised by Lambeth Council's Planning Department, following the receipt of additional details, and some revisions, from the developer, Kylun Ltd.
The height and shape of the towers remains the same, as does the use of the building, with the number of apartments and hotel rooms remaining the same; however some properties have been re-sized. Additional detail and clarifications have been added, with more information on the canopy and landscaping, with the developer also marking out on the plot two possible locations for Cycle Hire docking stations.
The application also includes further details on the community facilities that will be provided, which will include a commercially-operated soft play space for children, dentist surgery, performance space, digital cinema, and subsidised offices. It's important to note that the developers have clarified that the performance space will not be fitted out to be a 'community theatre', but that it will be designed as a flexible multi-purpose community space. The developer will also rent the digital cinema to an operator for an initial rent-free period of five years, to ensure that the plan comes to fruition.
In public consultations, the developer had mentioned the aspiration to have the Vauxhall Gyratory returned to two-way circulation. Transport for London, who have responsibility for the gyratory, are currently undertaking an urban design study, due for publication in January 2011. However, John McNulty, the Head of TfL Interchange, recently briefed Vauxhall BID on the study, and advised that such a return to two-way circulation was "unlikely".
Residents have until 11 January to make representations to Lambeth Council on these plans. The full plans can be viewed online; to view only the new documents, select "Associated Documents" and select those documents with a document date of 22/12/2010. Please also let us know your thoughts.