Pickles won’t call in Elizabeth House London office and housing scheme


Eric Pickles will not call in plans to build a £600 million mixed-use development in South London.

The Communities Secretary has decided not to call in the Elizabeth House scheme which will see the construction of two buildings offering 142 homes and 88,649 square metres of London office space.

Located next to Waterloo Station and planned by Chelsfield Partners and London & Regional Properties, work had originally been given the go ahead by the London Borough of Lambeth last November – in spite of the concerns raised about the effect on the appearance of the area that building work would have by English Heritage.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has now confirmed that Eric Pickles will not call in the scheme, which will see the development of a north building, offering residential units standing at 29-storeys in height, and a south building standing at ten-storeys in height.

More specifically, the larger tower is set to provide 12 floors of office space, as well as 142 homes on the floors above. The smaller property on the other hand, will solely provide offices and a small amount of retail amenities on the ground floor. In total, the office space is set to accommodate up to 8,500 workers.

In a report on the construction submitted to the London Borough of Lambeth’s planning applications committee last year, council planning officers concluded: “It will not be to everyone’s taste, but then the National Planning Policy Framework makes the case that particular architectural tastes should not be imposed, nor innovation and initiative stifled.

“Having very carefully considered all the representations from all the interested parties the department has decided that this case is best decided by the council.”

A DCLG spokesman said: “Only a very small number of planning cases are called in, as the government is committed to devolving power to local communities. We note that the elected mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has also declined to use his call-in powers.”

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