A Northern Line extension to Nine Elms and East Battersea has come a step closer after a developer pledged £31m to the project.

The cash will be provided by St James Group as part of a legal agreement attached to its recent planning permission for the redevelopment of the Tideway Industrial Estate, in the Nine Elms corridor.

St James’ scheme will create 752 new homes, including 99 affordable ones, as well as a new hotel, shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, offices and a crèche.

Planning chairman Nick Cuff said: “This is another major landmark in the ongoing regeneration of this part of central London.

“Not only will this development generate hundreds of new homes and jobs, but this significant sum of money is a major boost for infrastructure in the area and brings that vitally important transport link one step closer.”

The vast majority of the site will be opened up to the public who will be able to access a new park, gardens and an improved riverside walk.

New views of the Thames will be created from Nine Elms Lane which are currently blocked by industrial buildings.

The developer has also agreed to provide an additional £2m towards the creation of family sized affordable housing units in the area, plus a further £150,000 towards a community bike hire scheme.

For more information visit wandsworth.gov.uk/nineelms.

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