Vauxhall, Nine Elms, Battersea Opportunity Area

The Vauxhall, Nine Elms, Battersea Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF) sets out the vision for new homes, jobs, cultural quarter and linear park to bring new life to an area on the edge of London’s Central Activities Zone.

Key stats and information

Area (Ha): 227

Indicative employment capacity: 25,000

Minimum new homes: 20,000

Progress: Adopted March 2012


The regeneration area spans 227 hectares of central London on the South Bank of the Thames. It extends from Lambeth Bridge in the north, to Chelsea Bridge in the south, covering the Albert Embankment, Vauxhall and a large slice of north Battersea.

Westminster is within walking distance, directly opposite on the north bank of the Thames. It is by far the largest regeneration zone in central London and includes the last remaining industrial stretch of the South Bank.

What we hope to achieve

The framework set out an ambition for around 16,000 new homes and a range of 20,000 - 25,000 jobs. However, these totals have risen as the planning applications have been submitted and the buildings started to take shape.

It contains proposals for:

  • an extension to the Northern Line from Kennington to Battersea via Nine Elms (now underway and due for completion in 2020)
  • a new linear park connecting Vauxhall to Battersea Power Station
  • a tall buildings strategy which supports an emerging cluster at Vauxhall
  • and the creation of a Combined Cooling and Heat Power network

A Development Infrastructure Funding Study was undertaken, which informed the advancement of a Section 106 tariff to fund the full range of infrastructure required to support new development.

The new district is already taking shape, with landmark developments, such as the Embassy Gardens centred on the new US Embassy building, under construction.


The draft VNEB OAPF went out for consultation in November 2009. The revised chapter 12: Section 106/CIL went out for consultation in February 2011. The documents from both of these consultations are available to download.


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