tp bennett wins planning for Southwark scheme replacing HTA proposal

‘The mixed-use nature of the scheme will allow residents to join together and take ownership of their living quarters. Providing communal and outdoor space is an essential part of this, fostering a sense of community and creating a dynamic environment that goes beyond traditional student housing norms.’

Planning officers said the viability and deliverability of the previously consented scheme was redrawn ‘in light of the current economic situation’.

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tp bennett says the updated scheme will also deliver 1,080m2 of public space, which will eventually open on to the adjoining Devonshire Place development and the site of a future Bakerloo Line extension station.

JTP submitted detailed plans for four residential towers on the site, on Old Kent Road, in July this year. That followed an Allies and Morrison scheme for the same site which won planning in 2019 but was not realised.

The scheme was two storeys shorter at 108m while the latest scheme is 109m.

The 1,991m2 scheme on a 0.29ha site will comprise three buildings. A 34-storey tower will contain the student housing with ground and first-floor commercial use; a seven-storey side building will hold 198m2 of affordable workspace and 23 affordable residential units; and a third block – built out of an existing two-storey structure on site – will be part retained for commercial use.

An earlier scheme for the site by HTA Design-designed scheme, approved in 2019 but not realised, proposed up to 219 residential units inside a 32-storey tower with up to 2,986m2 of commercial workspace across the tower and an adjoining five-storey block.

The council’s planning committee voted to approve the development near Old Kent Road, drawn up for Joseph Homes, at a meeting on 28 November.

Both schemes are part of a 1.14kmstretch of the Old Kent Road, earmarked as an Opportunity Area by the Mayor of London in the London Plan.

tp bennett principal director Nenad Manasijevic said: ‘Our proposals for Sylvan Grove will be able to provide high-quality student homes in south London. This is a typology that has been recently overlooked but is in high demand.