Frequently asked questions

Who is Grosvenor?

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, part of the privately owned Grosvenor Group, is a British property company that has been operating in the UK for over 300 years. 
 
Grosvenor operates as both developer and landlord allowing a long term approach to regeneration. We maintain our commitment long after a site has been developed with the aim of creating sustainable urban neighbourhoods with a strong sense of community.
 
In Bermondsey, Grosvenor owns the majority of the former Biscuit Factory and Lewisham and Southwark College campus sites, totalling approximately 12 acres. 

You can read more about Grosvenor here.

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What are Grosvenor's plans for the sites?

Grosvenor’s vision is to create a new part of this neighbourhood, which is fully integrated into Bermondsey and celebrates the rich history of the area. We recently submitted a planning application to Southwark Council for the former Peek Frean Biscuit Factory and Bermondsey Campus site. 
 
These proposals would deliver up to 1,343 new homes for rent, which would be professionally managed by Grosvenor. The proposals also include 600-place secondary school, over 10,000 m² of new office space and c.10,000m² of retail, leisure, community and food and drink uses. These facilities would be integrated by over 20,000m² of new and improved streetscape, public realm and play space, reconnecting the new neighbourhood with its surrounding area.
 
Overall the plans represent a £500m investment in Bermondsey by Grosvenor, will create c.2,500 jobs, provide a significant boost to local spending and help to revitalise Bermondsey and The Blue as a thriving local economy. You can read more about the proposals in this summary booklet.
 

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Where can I see the planning application?

The plans and all supporting documents can be viewed here by entering reference number 17/AP/4088.
 
Printed copies of the documents can be viewed and any questions asked by contacting bermondsey@grosvenor.com / 020 7312 6419.

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When will a decision be made?

Southwark Council is now processing the planning application, and conducting its own consultation process. Southwark Council will then set a date for when a decision will be made on the application at its Planning Committee.  

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When will works begin on site?

Timing is conditional on planning consent, but we would expect to start works to prepare the site immediately thereafter. We would expect the first phase of new homes to be completed within four years following that, and the final phase within eight years.

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What has Grosvenor been doing with the community since it bought the sites?

As a three hundred year old company we value long lasting relationships, which is in part why we’ve spent a significant amount of time getting to know the people of Bermondsey and investing in a wide range of local projects and initiatives. Some examples of our work in this regard to date include:
• Support and five years of grant funding for The Bermondsey Community Kitchen, a social enterprise which trains young people in City & Guilds catering qualifications.
• A series of enterprise courses which are delivered by a specialist social enterprise called Tree Shepherd, and have so far supported 30 Southwark residents develop their business idea.
• Free accommodation to a number of organisations which bring training and enterprise opportunities to Bermondsey, including Construction Youth Trust, Working with Men, and 3Space.
• Over 500 people have accessing training as a result of our community investment in skills to date.
 
As we begin to think about our long-term role in the neighbourhood, we have developed a Local Legacy Strategy to set out how we will maximise the social and economic benefits for local people. This can be accessed here.

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How can I contact Grosvenor?

You can keep up to date via our website here, email us at bermondsey@grosvenor.com, or visit us in our community office. Just contact our Head of Community & Legacy, Kate Nottidge via the email address or on 020 7312 6419.

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