For those not in the know, the Northern Line Extension - taking the tube to Nine Elms and Battersea - (referred to as "the NLE") includes permanent ventilation shafts and head-houses at Kennington Park and Kennington Green and four new cross-passages at Kennington station. Local residents can't help but be acutely aware of what's happening outside their front doors as the small Green hosts a large noist and dusty excavation site (and now an accoustic shed).
Currently there's a live planning application for the details of the head house next to the green. The application was submitted in July for public consultation and certainly many residents feel that the plan, as submitted, doesn't meet the standards we'd want for a conservation area or match some of the iconic headhouses around London. We are currently awaiting an officer recomendation but expect this to go to a full planning committee in autumn.
Originally the application was going to include the details for the reinstatement of the green but Jane persuaded TfL to uncouple the applications. There's no rush given the works are going to continue for some time on the Green and it's better to take the time needed to speak to a wide range of residents and get the best plans possible for reinstatement. After so much disturbance residents certainly deserve that! Though of course after all this the Green will be handed back to the Council to maintain and we've seen a 56% reduction in our funding. This means the Council needs to support a high quality but low maintenance cost vision.
The next Kennington Green Community Liaison Group, chaired by Jane, is on the 20th October. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the invite list to get notifications of the dates.