Landmark Court development and working with the community

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3638
Question By: 
Siân Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Will you ensure that Transport for London (TfL) consults residents at the earliest stages of the Landmark Court development, and work closely with Bankside Residents' Forum and any other relevant community groups to deliver, possibly through community-led housing, the maximum possible level of truly affordable housing on this site?

Answer

Answer for Landmark Court development and working with the community

Answer for Landmark Court development and working with the community

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Following a competitive tender process TfL has entered into a joint venture partnership with Triangle London Developments (a consortium between U+I and Notting Hill Housing). The partnership plans to transform the site from an under-utilised space to a local cultural and social hub where people will want to live, work and visit.

I have already confirmed that over 50 per cent of all the homes that TfL brings forward each year will be affordable. This scheme will contribute some 80 new homes, at least 35 per cent of which will be affordable. The site has the potential to deliver about 130,000 sq. ft. of new commercial, retail and workspace, boosting the growing social and commercial activity on Southwark Street.

The joint venture partnership will be drawing up proposals for the site which will seek to maximise outdoor public space, improve walking routes on Southwark Street, Redcross Way and Borough High Street and provide access to the walkway along the Low Line. TfL has already held early discussions with local stakeholders and the joint venture partnership will continue that approach to ensure local views help shape the future of the site including maximising the number of affordable homes it provides.

With regards to other opportunities for community-led housing my officers are developing a 'Small Sites, Small Builders' programme that will offer public sector landowners a new and simple way of bringing small sites forward for development. The GLA group will be leading by example by putting a first batch of ten TfL small sites through this route. Community-led housing organisations will be able to bid for these sites, and at least one site will be specifically reserved for them. Once it is launched fully, we will bring further TfL and other public sector sites through the programme.