The Mayor is proposing to extend the Bakerloo Line from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham and beyond, serving Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate. The extension will improve connectivity, increase the capacity and resilience of the transport network and reduce journey times between key destinations. This will help London to grow by supporting new homes and jobs.
The Mayor has concluded that an extension to Lewisham via Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate is the best option for an initial Bakerloo Line Extension. There is also the potential for future extensions of the scheme beyond Lewisham. Planning frameworks should identify the development opportunities which are made possible as a result of the Bakerloo Line Extension, as well as how this would be phased to reflect the connectivity and capacity benefits it unlocks.
Southwark is preparing an Area Action Plan (AAP) which will set out how the BLE will enable significant residential and employment growth. The Old Kent Road OA contains the last remaining significant areas of Strategic Industrial Locations that lie in close proximity to the CAZ and the only SILs within Southwark. The AAP should plan for no net loss of industrial floorspace capacity and set out how industrial land can be intensified and provide space for businesses that need to relocate from any SIL identified for release. Areas that are released from SIL should seek to co-locate housing with industrial uses, or a wider range of commercial uses within designated town centres. Workspace for the existing creative industries should also be protected and supported.
Any new town centres should be designated close to the potential new Tube stations and should be of an appropriate scale, taking into account capacity and the impact on nearby centres. Burgess Park is a significant open space and a substantial part of the identity of the Old Kent Road. The need for the additional public open spaces the area will require as it evolves, and its broad location and scale, should be set out as part of the AAP.
There remain significant opportunities for redevelopment especially around stations, which should complement the existing education, leisure, employment and retail offer in New Cross as well as provide additional housing alongside public realm and highways improvements. The proposal for an extension of the Bakerloo Line at New Cross Gate will enable delivery of these developments and improvements. The area has an established commercial centre capable of supporting commercial expansion and diversification, building on the existing assets such as Goldsmiths College, University of London and the emerging artistic and cultural character. Development should improve north-south connections and pedestrian and cycling movement across the traffic dominated New Cross Road (A2) as well as connectivity between New Cross Gate and surrounding communities.
Lewisham will grow in function and population and has potential to become a town centre of Metropolitan importance. The town centre retail and commercial functions are being intensified, rationalisation of the public highway will create improved pedestrian routes, and significant residential developments surrounding the town centre are underway, including Lewisham Gateway. The potential for further growth at Lewisham will be supported by the arrival of the Bakerloo Line at Lewisham Interchange. This will bring enhanced access to central London and encourage the delivery of employment, leisure, service and community uses that serve the local and sub-regional population. Public realm and environmental enhancements of the town centre and surrounding employment, mixed-use and residential re-developments will continue to be delivered and will assist the continued transformation of Lewisham into a high performing and vibrant retail hub with excellent leisure services.
Catford has potential for significant urban renewal. Large-scale redevelopment of five key sites - Catford Shopping Centre and Milford Towers, Laurence House, Town Hall and Civic Centre, Plassy Island, Wickes and Halfords - will help to transform the town centre by 2026. There is scope to restore the fractured town centre and to re-invigorate it by boosting the existing civic and cultural facilities and by providing an improved retail, office and leisure offer. To support the area, approximately 2,700 new homes can be accommodated in the heart of the town centre. In the longer term, the potential routing of the Bakerloo Line Extension Phase 2 through Catford could unlock further development potential elsewhere in the town centre and beyond.