Berkeley Homes welcomes the publication of the draft Old Kent Road Area Action Plan and announces second public exhibition

 Thursday, 25 August 2016

 Berkeley Homes welcomes the progress of the London Borough of Southwark’s Old Kent Road Area Action Plan (OKR AAP) which is currently available for public comment. Alongside this consultation, we are preparing to host a second public exhibition to present evolving plans for our Malt Street regeneration project.

What is the Old Kent Road AAP?

The Old Kent Road is designated as an Opportunity Area in the London Plan because of its significant capacity for new development. Over the next twenty years, the Opportunity Area will be transformed, increasingly becoming a part of central London.

The draft OKR AAP sets out the plan for regenerating the Old Kent Road through the development of 20,000 new homes, the creation of 5,000 new jobs and the potential delivery of two new Bakerloo Line stations.

The draft document is available for public consultation until 4 November 2016.


Source: Draft Old Kent Road Area Action Plan (June 2016), “Key Diagram” (p. 19). (Site label added retrospectively and indicative only (Not to scale))


 What does the AAP say about Malt Street?

Our site at Malt Street falls within draft proposal site ‘OKR 14’ of the AAP. This site specific allocation sets an indicative capacity of delivering 3,170 new homes and a range of other land uses including employment, town centre uses, public open space and community uses in order to build upon the range of creative and other industries already present in the area.

The draft site allocation also requires the introduction of new streets and routes to provide better access onto the Old Kent Road. It also includes the provision of a new green route following the path of the former Grand Surrey Canal, to create a spine connecting Burgess Park to the site, and eventually to the Old Kent Road.

What are our next steps?

We held a two day public exhibition in April 2016 to introduce initial concept proposals for the site and obtain early feedback.

We listened to what you had to say and subsequently added more detail to the proposals in order to respond to your comments. Most notably we have now included land known as Nye’s Wharf within our proposals.

The latest proposals have also taken into consideration the overarching principles of the draft OKR AAP as well as the site allocation in terms of proposed uses, layout and overall scale of development. In accordance with this, our proposals currently aim to deliver a residential-led, mixed use development providing between 800-900 new homes in a mix of tenures.

The second public exhibition will be held on 29th September (between 2pm and 8pm) and 1st October (between 9.30am and 12.30pm) at the Unwin and Friary Estate Tenants’ and Residents’ Hall, Frensham Street SE15 6TH.

This exhibition will give you a further opportunity to have your say and speak to members of the project team who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you there.