Regeneration in Lambeth is about improving the borough’s places, socially, economically and physically

Sections in this guide (click title to view)

1. Brixton

Brixton is an important cultural destination, with its vibrant outdoor and indoor markets, venues, restaurants and shops attracting locals and tourists alike. The town is seeing significant growth and increases in value. The Brixton SPD directs further change to maximise benefit to local people, including:

  • Somerleyton Road, around 300 new homes, a new theatre, community and employment space and the opportunity for the council to establish a housing co-operative.
  • Your New Town Hall will reduce Lambeth Council's core office buildings from 14 to 2, saving at least £4.5m a year. It will also deliver much needed new facilities and 194 new homes including 40% affordable housing.
  • Brixton Central, a major expansion of the town core, to include a significant uplift in employment, retail and residential, alongside side potential improvements to the train station and leisure offer.
  • Brixton Townscape Heritage Initiative is delivering transformation upgrades to important historic areas and buildings in the area surrounding Electric Avenue and Atlantic Road. We have committed £650,000 to the programme and have been awareded a further £1.95 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

To deliver benefits quickly and test future uses, an enterprise focused meanwhile programme has also been developed alongside each of these areas.

Brixton Business Improvement District works with businesses and communities to support the local economy.

Find out more about regnereation activities in Brixton at

2. Waterloo opportunity area

Unprecedented growth will result in significant change across this world class area. Its future is strong with 15,000 new jobs and 1,900 new homes anticipated in the coming years.

Alongside development, an ambitious range of infrastructure, public realm and open space programmes are underway. Waterloo Station, the countries busiest railway hub, is planning for growth by 2049 with the preparation of a major master plan; designs for enhancing pedestrian, cycle and vehicle movements on the ‘IMAX’ roundabout are underway; Lower Marsh Regeneration Programme is complete and set to extend to Westminster Bridge Road; together with investment in Millennium Green, Archbishop’s Park and other public places.

Upcoming challenges will be managing construction while ensuring the needs of residents, a growing workforce and ever increasing visitor numbers are met. The Southbank Business Improvement District now joins the very successful Waterloo Quarter Business Improvement District as a focus for business.

Find out more on the Waterloo SPD web pages

3. Vauxhall

Vauxhall is at the centre of one of Europe’s major areas of regeneration and a vital part of the March 2012 plan for the area to deliver jobs and homes for London’s growing population.

The council’s ambition – set out in the 2013 Vauxhall Supplementary Planning Document - is for a greener, safer and more accessible town centre. Instead of an area dominated by a one-way traffic system, it will be pedestrian and cycle friendly, with a cluster of tall buildings, well connected to the river and parks, with pleasant streets and green spaces.

More homes, jobs and business opportunities

Nearly 3,500 new homes and 8,000 jobs will be created in Vauxhall making a significant contribution to the capital’s economy and providing opportunities for local businesses and residents. To date over 300 local people have received training, apprenticeships, or jobs in construction and other sectors including hospitality and retail. You can find out more about the council’s job brokerage service for local people by visiting the Lambeth Working website.

New contracts for local firms worth a total of £1.2million have been generated so far with support from Supply Nine Elms, a service that helps Lambeth businesses access new contract opportunities.

New places and spaces for people

Included within new developments will be space for businesses, a cinema, a swimming pool with public access, new public spaces, as well as many more shops, cafes and restaurants. Parks and open spaces are being improved and new galleries and arts venues are adding to Vauxhall’s impressive array of cultural activities. A new health centre is planned as is modernisation of Wyvil primary school to include a two-form entry expansion.

Better transport interchange

TfL has major investment plans to radically improve the transport network including £40m alterations to Vauxhall Underground Station and the £1bn North Line Extension linking the underground from Kennington to Battersea Power Station, with a new Nine Elms Station in Lambeth. TfL’s plans for Vauxhall Cross would see the one-way gyratory return to two-way streets, making it safer and easier for people walking, cycling or using public transport. The proposals received broad support from respondents to TfL’s consultations which can be seen in the final reports for both 2014/15 and 2015/16.

Visioning Vauxhall Report May 2016

Following consultation in 2015 with those who live, work and travel through Vauxhall, we have published the Visioning Vauxhall report. In a series of images and maps, it brings to life the changes coming and to show what an improved , thriving riverside town centre could look like in the future, as well showing the changes people told us they wanted to see.

The final Visioning Vauxhall report and the various consultation event reports can be found below.

The Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership

The Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership was created in 2010 to coordinate and drive forward the transformation of an entire district of Central London stretching from Lambeth Bridge to Battersea Power Station. Co-chaired by the leaders of Lambeth and Wandsworth Council, it includes the area’s main developers and landowners, the Mayor of London, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority. It is responsible for setting and delivering the strategic vision for the area, including the £1 billion infrastructure investment package.

Futher information and useful sites

Northern Line Extension which will include the new Nine Elms new tube station in Lambeth.

Thames Tideway Tunnel is a major new sewer urgently needed to protect the tidal River Thames from pollution. The programme will deliver new public space on the Albert Embankment foreshore and improvements and greening to public space further along the Thames Path towards Battersea.

Vauxhall Change is the public programme delivered by Vauxhall One, the Business Improvement District. Projects include the greening of Vauxhall Walk.

The TfL Cycle Superhighway 5 was opened in November 2015.

Lambeth Council 2013 Vauxhall Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

Interactive map of developments across the Opportunity Area.

Construction updates – contacts for the development schemes if you have a query.

4. Oval and Kennington Development Area (OAKDA)

The Oval gas holders (near the Kia Oval cricket ground) are no longer in use so Berkeley Homes, working with Lambeth Council, are looking at how this land could be developed, along with other opportunities in the surrounding area by producing a masterplan.

What is special about this area?

The area covers the Oval gasworks and 16 surrounding parcels of land. It’s mainly what is known as a Key Industry Business Area – or KIBA – meaning it should only be used for business and industrial purposes.

However, consultation has revealed much public support for providing new homes, as well as employment and other opportunities on this site, which would mean Lambeth Council revising the KIBA status of the site in its Local Plan.

This would allow the Oval and Kennington Development area to become the biggest single redevelopment in Lambeth. Future planning applications could bring over 1400 new jobs, 1250 new homes and a large area of improved public open space.

Updates can be found on the OAKDA website.

5. Clapham and Streatham

The biggest expansion in leisure provision in Lambeth’s history is nearly complete. The council has opened three new leisure centres in as many years.

The leisure facility in Streatham, which opened in November 2013, includes a new ice rink. The West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre which opened in July 2014, includes a new health facility and swimming pool. Both complement the popular new Clapham leisure centre which opened in February 2012. The Clapham project includes a new library and health centre.

The council has advertised for sale 26 Victorian terraced houses on Rectory Gardens and Rectory Grove. The houses are all former shortlife properties, which are now vacant. Further details on short life properties and the sale of these houses are available in our Rectory Grove/Gardens frequently asked questions document.

Major improvements to the town centres have also got underway with new schemes being delivered in West Norwood and Tulse Hill centres and plans for the removal of the central reservation in Streatham. InStreatham, the Business Improvement District works with businesses and communities to support the local economy.

A Clapham Business Improvement District (BID) opened in July 2014 and the council is working to bring forward a Business Improvement District in West Norwood.

These developments are forecast to bring 30,000 jobs to the area in the next 10 years. Jobs will be in a wide range of sectors and at all levels – highly skilled and professional as well as intermediate and entry level jobs; architects, waiters, surveyors, cashiers, software developers, accountants, labourers, artists as well as civil engineers and musicians - to name but some - the demand will be truly diverse.

This is a fantastic opportunity and we will work in collaboration with public and private sector partners and the local community to enhance access to these jobs, education and training opportunities for young people (especially apprenticeships), and stimulate enterprise opportunities related to local growth sectors.

We are determined that Lambeth citizens are given the opportunity to become part of the success story and the economic regeneration on their doorstep.

6. West Norwood and Tulse Hill town centres

West Norwood and Tulse Hill are undergoing a programme of change ranging from street and park improvements to research and development around key business and industrial areas. Over recent years and across the next few years the area will have benefitted from a total of around 30 million pounds worth of capital investment. It is an exciting period for the communities in this area, who have a real opportunity to get involved and support positive change.

We have committed to a cooperative approach to project planning and project delivery within neighbourhoods undergoing regeneration therefore consultation is key to their success. Within the locality a number of communities and forums are building neighbourhoods plans. We will be working closely alongside identified groups to support the development of any emerging plans throughout, providing any primary data or research commissioned.

We have invested heavily in new facilities and improvement projects within the community in recent years. Projects such as the Norwood Health and Leisure Centre, Streetworks and West Norwood Feast Market have all been delivered within the last few years. We are also working closely with local businesses, supporting the recently established Station to Station Business Improvement District (BID).

Visioning West Norwood and Tulse Hill

The Visioning West Norwood and Tulse Hill programme has seen a process of information gathering and masterplanning being developed for the local area over the last year. This programme has outlined the vision for the area, identified local community priorities and highlighted opportunities for development and investment in the area. It has a particular focus on the West Norwood Commercial Area and Site 18 (282-362 Norwood Road), which remain the most significant opportunities for investment and environmental improvement in the area.

The Visioning West Norwood and Tulse Hill programme consists of four strands:

  • An Economic Vision for the area
  • A Refresh of the 2009 Masterplan
  • A Health Check for the Key Industrial Business Area (KIBA)
  • The production of a Co-operative Local Investment Plan (CLIP).

The work was undertaken by Lambeth Council together with Regeneris Consulting Ltd alongside a suite of specialist consultants, all offering technical knowledge and skills to guide the various project strands. Local engagement was at the centre of this programme and local people’s responses provided valuable information for us to use in the evidence base, final report and to inform the council’s future work programmes.

Responses were gathered both online through the Commonplace map and in person through bespoke masterplan events, stands at community events (e.g. Feast market and the Lambeth Country Show); pop-ups held at local community venues (e.g. West Norwood Food Bank) and two unattended exhibitions of the visual plans at West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre and St Luke's Church.

The final report includes the Economic Vision, Masterplan Refresh and KIBA Health Check which will form an important part of the evidence base for the emerging Local Plan Review and will provide further planning guidance for the area.

This report has been informed by extensive socio-economic research in the area and community consultation. The findings are summarised within the links below.

Additional evidence base documents Links
VWNTH evidence base Read the VWNTH evidence base
VWNTH Commonplace findings See the Commonplace findings
Commonplace website - All responses Visit the Commonplace website

The Norwood CLIP is being developed as a separate document, in line with the Borough-wide process approved by Cabinet (see below).

Norwood Co-operative Investment Plan (CLIP)

When Lambeth Council gives planning permission for new developments, developers provide the Council with payments to fund local improvements.

A consultation ran between Monday 7 November and Wednesday 4 January 2017, to understand local people's priorities for spending these funds. We also conducted targeted face to face interviews in the area.

The consultation has now closed and we are currently analysing the consultation findings, which will published in the final CLIP report in late Spring.

For more information, visit the Norwood CLIP page.

Station to Station Business Improvement District (BID)

Businesses within West Norwood and Tulse Hill have come together to form the Station to Station BID Steering Group and are developing plans for a BID within the area.

The proposed BID will incorporate both West Norwood and Tulse Hill high streets, the Parkhall Business Centre and the industrial business area in West Norwood.

For more information, and to get involved, please visit Station to Station or follow us on Twitter @StationTStation.