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Friday, 22 January 2010

St Anselm's planning consultation

St Anselm's Church at Kennington Cross has launched a consultation with residents about major plans for redevelopment of their site.

Rev Angus Aagard (pictured) told several hundred people about the groups he wants to bring together on the site.

Into University will move from Centenary Hall to a new classroom on the site. They have provided additional tuition and support to over 1000 local school children to help improve their achievement and raise their aspirations.

The Pelican Nursery will continue working on the ground floor of St Anselm's Church Hall, providing high quality nursery places for a social mix of young children.

The London Youth Support Trust's business units for young people starting up on their own have already been built in the top floor of St Anselm's Church Hall.

Tomorrow's People provide work experience for young people on their flower stall. Currently outside the church, it's hoped they will move to the middle of Kennington Cross and be based out of the ArtsLav project in the discused gentlemen's convenience.

The Clink is a restaurant project based in a prison in Sutton. It provides work experience in a high quality restaurant environment to the prisoners there. The Clink hope to open a brasserie on the ground floor of the Church, open to all, providing work for carefully selected exoffenders who have left prison. They will be housed in flats at the back on the site.

A new community hall will provide a subsidised space for community activities and meetings.

Several new flats will replace Havilland House on Sancroft Street, providing accommodation for clergy, young people working in the business units, and exoffenders working in the brasserie.

The Church will be in the same building, but on a raised floor above the brasserie and new hall. It will preserve the architectural feel of the church whilst making it much easier and economical to heat.

The initial reaction from local residents, the Kennington Association, and ward councillors has been hugely positive. The scheme has the potential to create a bustling community hub, providing services of benefit to everybody in the area. A planning application will be launched shortly - if you support the scheme please consider writing to Lambeth's Planning Department to let them know. Demonstrating community support will be crucial to the application's success.

The consultation continues today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday).

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