Green light for new Southwark development

By PRP – 20 November 2020

Southwark Council unanimously granted planning permission for a new residential led mixed-use development in Southwark which has been designed by PRP on behalf of property developer Lovell London and Southwark Council.

Located close to the ‘Biscuit Factory’ on a constrained site on Southwark Park Road, the new scheme will see the replacement of a disused 1960s single storey brick building with a new development that delivers community and commercial space at ground level and 46 new high-quality homes. 47 per cent of new homes will be available for social rent.

Homes will range from one to three-bedroom apartments with 74 per cent of homes being dual aspects. The scheme has also been designed to be truly tenure blind to ensure social integration and create a strong sense of community and place.

The proposed development re-establishes the corner between Layard Road and Southwark Park Road with a new marker building sitting seven storeys high on the main street elevations and dropping to six storeys adjacent to Bede Community Offices. The aesthetic of the buildings has been designed to be in keeping with the industrial past of the wider area through the use of different shades of bricks on the façades and window openings.

The building has been setback from the site to retain the green character of the Southwark Park Road. The scheme also provides high quality outdoor landscaped areas including a play area for small children and communal garden for residents.

Richard Harvey, Partner at PRP said: “The proposed development represents an ideal opportunity to integrate with the existing context and create an elegantly crafted building that will provide high quality homes for new and existing residents in Southwark. The proposal has been the result of extensive engagement with Southwark Council, Lovell London and the local community and we’re proud of the design that has been achieved and now look forward to the next stage of the development.”

Stuart Gibbons, Regional Managing Director at Lovell London and Southern, said: “We are delighted to have been granted planning permission to transform an underutilised building at 345 Southwark Park Road into a landmark site in Southwark which will deliver quality new affordable housing. We have been working closely with the London Borough of Southwark through a dedicated programme of investment, partnership and housing delivery.”

The development forms part of the Southwark Regeneration in Partnership Programme which aims to deliver 1,500 new homes through development partnership agreements over 20 sites in the Borough.


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