More than 1,500 homes set for former biscuit factory

Deputy Mayor Jules Pipe overruled Southwark Council’s former decision to deny the application.

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The site of a former biscuit factory in Southwark is set to be transformed into more than 1,500 homes and new buildings for a local secondary school under plans approved today by the Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe.

All of the 1,548 new homes to be built as part of the redevelopment of the Biscuit Factory and Bermondsey Campus in Southwark will be for the rental market – of which 35% will be affordable, including homes at social rent levels.

According to reports, Southwark Council refused permission for the scheme in February 2019, saying the plans would not deliver enough affordable housing and that the homes would not be of sufficient quality.

As reported by 24housing, Southwark council has become the last London council to demand delivery of social housing in its planning policy.

As part of its New Southwark Plan (NSP), which has now been submitted, the council has committed to aiming for 50% of any new housing or social or intermediate rent.

The Mayor saw the application last May and decided to take it over to subject it to further scrutiny.

Since his intervention, the number of homes is said to have increased from 1,342 homes to 1,548 and the level of affordable housing has been boosted from 27.5% to 35%.

Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said: “The site has the potential to deliver more than 1,500 new homes in an area of London with a high demand for affordable housing, close to transport links and central London.

“It will also provide new facilities for a secondary school which is currently housed in dated buildings.

“Overall, it would make a significant contribution towards the regeneration of this part of Bermondsey. Having considered all the evidence available to me, I have decided to approve this application.”

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