There are a number of emerging proposals for major redevelopment in Victoria, including improvements to the Victoria Underground Station, and regeneration of the surrounding area.
Network Rail, who own the main line station, are currently continuing a masterplan process for the Victoria Station complex. Two of their key objectives for development at the station are to relieve congestion, and to improve the connectivity of the station and its facilities with the surrounding areas. A new pedestrian access point has already been provided into the Station from Wilton Road through the archway previously occupied by Boots.
In August 2009, the Secretary of State for Transport granted Transport for London (TfL) planning permission for the redevelopment of Victoria Underground station. The principle objective of this scheme, known as the Victoria Station Upgrade (VSU), is to increase capacity of the underground station, and improve passenger flows between it, the National Rail station, and street level.
There will be a new northern ticket hall provided at the junction of Bressenden Place and Victoria Street, and the existing southern ticket hall will be enlarged with new escalators and lifts. Most of the street works taking place to the north of Victoria Station are to facilitate the VSU works.
The 'Approval of Details' Application provides some additional information relating to the construction works/dates associated with this scheme.
In February 2009, the Council granted conditional approval to the Land Securities development scheme known as 'VTI2'. Now known as 'Victoria Circle', this scheme provides for the comprehensive redevelopment and regeneration of a 2.5 hectare site bounded by Victoria Street, Buckingham Palace Road, Bressenden Place and Allington Street, and will incorporate a new station entrance, as part of the VSU scheme. Victoria Circle scheme will be constructed in 3 phases to allow for completion of the VSU works to the east of the site. Work on Victoria Circle commenced in October 2012.
Planning Applications for the 3 phases of Victoria Circle Development:
The Council's adopted Victoria Area Planning Brief provides guidance for development in the Victoria Area, whilst the overarching planning policies that cover Victoria and the rest of Westminster are set out in the Council's Unitary Development Plan (UDP) and emerging Local Development Framework (LDF).
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