Plans for a resident-led development of 25 new council homes in South Bank have been submitted for planning approval.  

The plans for Styles House, led by its Tenant Management Organisation (TMO) and in partnership with Southwark Council, and Transport for London (TfL), is connected to a wider development over Southwark underground station. 

The proposed socially rented scheme, facilitated by a land swap between the council and TfL, also includes a new community hall, and landscaped garden.  

Southwark’s planning committee is expected to approve the plans in autumn, with construction due to start in spring 2021. 

The council hopes the homes will be finished by spring 2023.  

“In non-Covid news, we’ve submitted for planning 25 stunning new council homes and new TMO hall at Styles House on The Cut.  

“This hard-fought project was led by residents at Styles House, backed by a strong partnership between TfL and Southwark Council.

“A huge achievement for all involved,” Councillor Leo Pollak, cabinet member for social regeneration, great estates and new council homes, said. 

As part of the wider scheme, TfL is also due to submit its own planning application this Spring, which includes proposals to build a 70-metre office block above Southwark underground station.  

During two public consultations, issues were raised about the height and mass of the block. 

But TfL said the design of the building was “in direct response to its relationship with Styles House”.  

“We have followed the requirements of the LBS in reducing our height adjacent to Styles House.  

“We have also responded to planning policy requirements to create a landmark above the station, the guidance being a building of 70m tall.  

“We feel that the greening of the terraces, and the recent design change to make a symmetrical sloping edge of the building edges represent strong moves to improve the relationship between our buildings, and to soften the appearance of our building’s height and mass.  

“The latest development of the massing demonstrates this substantial change,” it said.