Find information about the public inquiry into the planning application at 8 Albert Embankment.

In March 2019, the full planning and listed building applications were submitted for development at 8 Albert Embankment And Land To Rear Bounded By Lambeth High St, Whitgift St, The Railway Viaduct, Southbank House Together With Land Corner Of Black Prince Rd And Newport St by the planning agent Litchfields on behalf the applicants U And I (8AE) Limited and The London Fire Commissioner (LFC) for the following:

Phased mixed use development including up to 443 residential units and comprising: part redevelopment and restoration, conversion and extension of former Fire Brigade Headquarters building and demolition of the existing extension and re-provision of obelisk to provide a new fire station (Sui Generis), a new London Fire Brigade museum (Class D1), residential units (Class C3), a ten storey hotel (Class C1) with up to 200 bedrooms and a flexible retail/lobby space (Classes A1/A2/A3/A4/C1), and a rooftop restaurant with ancillary bar (Class A3); demolition and redevelopment of the central workshop building to provide buildings of up to twenty-six storeys plus basements, comprising business floorspace (Use Class B1), a gym (Class D2), retail units (Classes A1/A2/A3/A4) and residential units (Class C3); development of land to the rear to provide a eleven storey building plus basement, comprising a flexible commercial unit (Classes A1/A2/A3/A4/D1/D2/ B1) and residential units (Class C3); all together with associated areas of new public realm, hard and soft landscaping, basement and surface parking, servicing, means of access and plant and equipment.

The public inquiry into 8 Albert Embankment will be fully virtual and commence on 1 December 2020, the FAQs below provide further detail on the inquiry process and how to take part.

The virtual inquiry is being live streamed and can be viewed on the PINS YouTube channel

Anyone wishing to view the live stream only does not need to pre-register with the Planning Inspectorate. To take an active part in the inquiry, you will need to pre-register with the Planning Inspectorate – Information and contact details are provided below in the FAQs.

Public inquiry – core documents and evidence are available on our Google drive (This will be kept updated as the public inquiry progresses)

View documents relating to the planning and listed building applications on the council website (App. refs. 19/01304/FUL and 19/01305/LB)

The proposed scheme would deliver the following:

  • Up to 443 residential units including affordable housing.
  • A ten storey hotel with up to 200 bedrooms.
  • Restoration and conversion of the former Fire Brigade Headquarters, including retention and re-use of the drill tower and obelisk.
  • Re-provide a fire station fit for purpose as well as a new London Fire Brigade Museum.
  • Flexible retail floorspace.
  • Flexible business floorspace.
  • A restaurant.
  • A gym.
  • A new public realm.
  • Supporting basement and surface parking, servicing and access.

Along with proposed conditions of approval, a Section 106 planning agreement is being entered into to secure a range of contributions to mitigate the scheme impacts.

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