The Kanda team of Mark Allison, Alex Sabin and Daisy Kendrick were delighted to see Southwark’s Planning Committee vote unanimously to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of King’s Place, on the corner of Borough High Street and Harper Road, SE1. The application will see the long-vacant site brought back into full use, with a mixed-use development including new student accommodation, affordable key worker housing, flexible commercial space and a new pocket park on Harper Road.

The site sits close to the boundary with two other wards and the local community is organised and well-informed on development issues. Kanda led on political and community engagement on behalf of Sellar, navigating these local complexities. Our engagement included a dedicated consultation website; drop-in events on-site; and door-to-door canvassing of nearby homes, including on the Rockingham Estate.

This was Kanda’s second consent on the site – with the proposals replacing the extant permission for a hotel-led scheme, granted in 2020. A revised design approach – informed by local feedback – was welcomed by members and residents alike.

Ward member Cllr Joseph Vambe (Labour, Chaucer) shared comments with officers, hailing the consultation undertaken and the community benefits secured in the process – particularly the proposed contribution towards the refurbishment of the nearby Rockingham Community Centre.

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