Pickles Passes Plans for Battersea Power Station
Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, confirmed his support for the redevelopment plans of Battersea Power Station this week.
The move secures another important stage in the process of the long-awaited regeneration project, which has suffered major setbacks and funding problems.
Following the Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s approval in December, the green light from Wandsworth Council in November and now the go-ahead from Eric Pickles, the scheme looks set to plough ahead and developer Treasury Holdings has confirmed that work is expected to start in 2012.
The ┬ú5.5bn regeneration of the Grade II listed building covers 40 acres, and will introduce the first zero carbon office space to Central London along with shops, leisure facilities, and thousands of new homes.
The proposal also includes an extension of the Northern Line and two new tube stations, one of which will be introduced at the power station site.
The restoration, which is expected to create up to 25,000 jobs, would open the site up to the public for the first time.
Cllr Nick Cuff of Wandsworth Council said that Mr Pickles’ approval was “excellent news” for the power station.
“The scheme will secure the future of one of London’s best loved landmarks and open up the building to the public for the very first time,” he commented, according to Wandsworth Council. “Thousands of badly needed homes and jobs will be created across the site and the Northern Line extension will breathe new life into this part of central London.”
Speaking in December, Boris Johnson commented:
“Battersea Power Station has long been an iconic feature of the capital’s skyline, and these plans will make sure that status is retained for years to come. With its future secured through this regeneration, it will once again play a part in driving London’s economy.”
The renovation will cover the buildings and the four famous chimneys. The masterplan includes the introduction of a public square, pedestrian high street, and space set aside for new retail outlets, restaurants, cafes, and other leisure facilities such as a cinema.
A green energy plant will be used to power the site.
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