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It looks as if Chelsea Football Club has failed in its bid to obtain Battersea Power Station.

Let us hope that this Malaysian outfit  who wish to buy, have the pockets to build out – and the inclination to get a wiggle on- unlike ALL the previous owners.

Failed: Chelsea's bid to build a new Battersea stadium has been ended

Poor old Battersea Power Station has suffered terribly in not having the right owners over the decades. All the previous development companies have been doomed to failure and after all these years the Power Station is still  a sad and total mess. The fact that such a huge central London site, a Grade 2  listed building and strategically important part of the regeneration  jigsaw puzzle can have been left to languish,  should be a greater source of embarrassment to those who have any power or influence within London. Successive responsible  councillors, M.P’s, Mayors and Ministers of whatever political persuasion should all hang their heads.

Now, in 2012, we have reached the stage where SP Setia and Sime Darby have  entered into an exclusivity agreement with the intention of buying the  39-acre (15 hectare) site. The potential purchasers now have 28 days to do their due diligence and work out if they should go ahead.

The venture is understood to  hope that it can work within the existing  8.3m square foot outline planning consent obtained by the site’s previous owner, the struggling Irish developer Treasury Holdings, for a scheme by  architect Rafael Viñoly that comprised 3,700 homes along with offices, shops and restaurants.

In a joint statement, the Malaysian partners said they were planning a “multi use  real estate regeneration project” that would preserve the facade of the historical power plant with its distinctive four white chimney stacks. It is understood that the Malaysian duo would contribute £250 m to the cost of the proposed Norther Line extension.

Local planning authority Wandsworth Council said the deal was “potentially very good news”.

Council leader Ravi Govindia said: “We’re making tremendous progress towards transforming this old industrial stretch of the South Bank which will provide up to 25,000 new jobs for London.

“It’s important that this site and its iconic building are not left behind and that a developer is brought in who understands our vision for the new Nine Elms.”

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Too much traffic? Too much crime? Too much filming? Too little ‘getting to know the neighbours’?

Whatever your concerns, if you live in Albert Square, Aldebert Terrace, St Stephen’s Terrace or Wilkinson Street, you are very welcome to attend the annual general meeting of ASSA and raise the issues that affect you, and ideas for how we can improve our area. You will also have the opportunity to get involved through joining our committee, which takes up local issues and organises events and activities for our residents.
  • Tuesday 17 July, 8pm – refreshments from 7.30pm
  • St Stephen’s Church
We have invited our community police team and local councillors to attend, as well as a representative of  the Lambeth Film Office, which organises location filming in the area.
The ASSA committee will report on its work throughout the last year, the police will present a crime report and everyone will be invited to raise the issues to pursue in the next year.
Get involved
We are very keen to have local residents take part in the work of ASSA through joining the committee and helping to shape our work and activity for the future. So don’t be shy – whether you are a new resident or have lived here for an age, and whatever your age or the home you live in, please do get involved. If you want more information on the work of the committee, please contact Rosemary on 0779 290 1295   or Brenda on 020 7735 6087.

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