Let’s get some benefit from Vauxhall’s development

The draft Vauxhall Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), approved by Lambeth Council cabinet in September, is now out for public consultation. The document will be available at the library and can be read online at www.lambeth.gov.uk/moderngov/mgAi.aspx?ID=18281#mgDocuments

The SPD will be presented to the public at numerous roadshows. Locations include:

  • October 3rd: 8pm – the TARA general meeting, Vauxhall Griffin pub, Wyvil Road
  • October 13th: 10am- 4pm South Lambeth market, Cavendish Arms, Hartington Road
  • October 17th – Sainsbury’s Nine Elms
  • October 20th 10am-3pm Oval market, St Mark’s Churchyard (opposite Oval tube)
  • October 25th 7.30pm Vauxhall Society AGM, St Stephen’s Church, St Stephen’s Terrace

In your questions and comments you might like to bear in mind the following.

The SPD frequently refers to the “community benefits”, to be funded by a levy on development. These are not defined – that task is to be left to a community development trust that has yet to be set up.

We (ie the committee of Friends of TSL) think that one of those community benefits should be the upgrading/improvement of our library which – while just outside the defined development area (it ends at Wyvil Road) – is in its immediate neighbourhood. Yet the SPD contains no reference to library provision, which must surely be increased to meet the additional demand from the expected 3,500 new homes in this area .

Now is the time to put this case. We do not want a repetition of the past. Wandsworth has been allocated all the funding for libraries from the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea development – £5.87m for a new library in Battersea. Lambeth libraries got nothing.

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