draft Vauxhall SPD consultation - exhibition panels - Lambeth Council
Vauxhall is changing What you’ve told us More than 200 people came to our open days in March to discuss the vision and the principles for development that would be central to the SPD. You told us that you didn’t like the road layout at Vauxhall Cross. Instead of a congested gyratory system we want to see the creation of a high street lined with shops and a much improved environment which puts people and cyclists before traffic. “ Doing away with the gyratory system and restoring normal traffic flows would be my no.1 priority.” You wanted a better choice of shops and local amenities. We want to encourage a wide range of shops that will make the town centre distinct. We also want to support existing character - the unique cafes, restaurants, galleries and other attractions that we could have more of. “ It is a destination without the facilities of one.” You told us that the river was the area’s greatest natural resource. We want to see a Thames Walkway that runs all the way from Waterloo to Battersea Power Station, with places of interest along the way to enjoy the views, have a coffee or buy something. “ I love the central location and river.” You told us you liked the places that made Vauxhall distinct. We also want to celebrate the historic neighbourhoods, such as Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, and Black Prince Road, which are part of the area’s cultural history. We also want to welcome the new, such as a town square, which could provide a venue for community and cultural events. You wanted to protect and improve the area’s precious green spaces. We want to improve the existing green spaces and connect them, through new planting and public realm improvements, with each other and the proposed Linear Park in Wandsworth. “ I like the idea of parks and places that you can come through walking from Waterloo to Battersea. Will be a great weekend walk.”
Vauxhall is changing Vauxhall Cross - A new district centre The first step to recreating a sense of ‘place’ is to establish its ‘heart’. Vauxhall Cross will be a place for shopping, meeting people, working, living and spending time. This will not be an anonymous high street dominated by national multiple retail brands. Shop units will be sized and priced to attract an eclectic and changing mix of independent retail traders. Affordable retail units and ‘meanwhile’ uses for empty shops will help to ensure the district centre thrives. Proposals include: Transformation of Bondway into a new high street with shops on both sides and a public square. 2-storey retail frontages to be concentrated on the new high street and Parry Street. Frontages for the new development along Wandsworth Road to be activated with non retail uses. Removal of the bus station canopy and integration of the transport interchange into the new high street. A new pedestrian crossing across Wandsworth Road to the river and simplified road junctions for better pedestrian crossing at Vauxhall Bridge Road with Wandsworth Road. Around 225 residential units and approximately 590 jobs (including construction jobs).