On the 23 September 2015 the Mayor of London called in the Goodsyard scheme and as a result he will now become the local planning authority.
The call-in has been made on the basis that the site is of strategic importance to the development of the city of London and follows a formal request by the joint venture of Hammerson and Ballymore. The Goodsyard is one of the biggest vacant brownfield sites in Central London, and it represents a fantastic opportunity to continue the process of regeneration in the surrounding area that has been ongoing for the last 15 years.
Yet there is a reason that the site has remained largely derelict for over 50 years, whilst around it there has been the constant flux of change and renewal. The Goodsyard, not unlike another iconic symbol of London’s past industrial might, Battersea Power Station, has proved to be incredibly difficult to regenerate because of site complexities and constraints.
These challenges must be overcome. The Goodsyard scheme is integral to London’s future growth and the continued prosperity of the city as whole. We agree with the Mayor of London that the site would have a significant impact on the implementation of the London Plan. As such, our city’s Mayor, who has a mandate to guide the future direction of London, is appropriately placed to determine its future.
We’re particularly proud of the employment-led focus that came from our revision of the scheme this summer, on which the Mayor has commented positively. The provision of an additional 200,000 sq.ft of employment-generating space is a direct response to calls from the community to address the need for new flexible office space for companies of all sizes and industries. To achieve this, we worked with local architects Buckley Gray Yeoman to design a modern warehouse building which we believe will sit well within the prevailing aesthetic of working life in Shoreditch.
There will be 7,000 new employment opportunities created through the scheme. Special attention has been paid to the media and tech companies responsible for turning this part of London into a burgeoning locale for dynamic, fast-growing companies. Along with delivering the space these companies need to grow, the scheme also aims to provide a long-term training and enterprise strategy.
We understand the culture that has driven the area’s growth has not just come from the tech start-ups of Silicon Roundabout. The scheme includes a number of vibrant public spaces, including community spaces and a unique space for shops, cafes and restaurants within the preserved arches. The spaces will be designed to be flexible and in keeping with storefronts currently tended by the boutique designers and creatives that bring colour to this eclectic part of London.
Another key public space is the 2.4 acre elevated park, a first for London. The park will sit adjacent to the 1,350 much-needed new homes provided by The Goodsyard scheme, including on-site affordable homes.
We, with the Mayor’s guidance and in partnership with both boroughs, will continue to work to ensure that this key regeneration opportunity is delivered to benefit London’s future growth and economic success.