The Waterloo, London Bridge and Elephant & Castle areas are set to gain 43,200 new jobs and 5,200 homes by 2016 according to Ken Livingstone's London Plan document launched at Waterloo's IMAX Cinema today.
Below are some extracts from the parts of the document covering SE1 – the full document can be downloaded at london.gov.uk.
This zone [London South Central] should experience general intensification of development, together with significant environmental and accessibility improvements over time if its potential is to be realised. This is necessary to redress the perception of the zone's relative isolation from the rest of Central London. In the balance of uses planning frameworks should reflect the entertainment and cultural roles played by areas along the South Bank. Secure and enhanced pedestrian access to the riverside should be a further priority.
On completion, Thameslink 2000 will enhance the Jubilee Line's recent improvement in accessibility of the area around London Bridge. Sensitive intensification rather than brownfield renewal is the greatest source of development capacity across a number of relatively small sites. Among the larger opportunities, and complementing the area's heritage and environmental character, the riverside between London Bridge station and Tower Bridge can accommodate a significant increase in office stock, typified by development of the More London site. Re-development and intensification of London Bridge station and its environs is proposed together with improved public transport facilities and interchange and better pedestrian integration with the surrounding area. This is a good location for a tall, landmark mixed-use development. The development framework should protect the needs of local residents and draw visitors eastwards along the riverside.
The development framework for the area around Waterloo should integrate opportunities for commercial, residential and cultural intensification associated with an international and national rail terminal, the improved access offered by the Jubilee Line and proposed Cross River Transit and the riverside Strategic Cultural Area. This should house a world class cultural facility, building on the existing facilities. Guidelines should be sensitive to the needs of existing communities and should extend the area's entertainment offer and capacity to serve as a complementary attraction to the West End/Soho/Covent Garden. Particular attention should be paid to removing barriers to pedestrian movement, establishing links with the rest of Central London and creating a more attractive and safe environment.
The planning framework for the area around the Elephant & Castle should draw on its good public transport accessibility, closeness to CAZ and relatively affordable land. This could be a suitable location to meet some of Central London's longer-term needs for extra office space and is suitable for tall buildings. Large scale, car based retail development should not be encouraged. The framework should seek significant new houses and integrate these with a more efficient transport interchange. Environmental and traffic management improvements are crucial to the successful re-development of this southern gateway to Central London.