Peabody has proposed to redevelop the 1.3 hectare site to provide eight new buildings up to 38 storeys in height. The buildings would contain 529 one- to three-bedroom homes, 174 of which would be affordable. Nearly 10,000 square metres of office floorspace; shops; cafes; a night club; and 2,000 sq m of flexible commercial space have also been proposed.
The housing association has proposed to construct an eight-storey office building, which would be occupied by Peabody, on the corner of Borough Road and Newington Causeway in the first phase of development.
The second phase of development would deliver a four-storey commercial building on Borough Road, containing a 4,000 sq m sound-proofed Ministry of Sound nightclub on the ground floor and two basement levels, and office accommodation for the nightclub on the above-ground floors. The licence for the existing Ministry of Sound nightclub on neighbouring Gaunt Street would be revoked following the relocation, according to the plans.
In a third phase of development, two tall residential towers 30 and 38 storeys high would be constructed adjacent to a railway viaduct along the western boundary of the site. A further three residential buildings, between seven and 12 storeys high, would be built along Newington Causeway in the fourth proposed phase of development. The ground floors of the fourth phase buildings would accommodate a relocated Baptist chapel and commercial uses.
The plans also include two connected nine-storey residential buildings on Newington Causeway, which would contain the re-housed Institute of Optometry on their lower levels. A new public space has been proposed at the heart of the development and residents would have use of a communal roof garden and basement parking spaces for 96 vehicles and 782 cycles.
The Council has set a target date of 2 April to determine the application.