Cultural organisations are being invited to rent in the heart of Nine Elms.

The council is eager to include "cultural tenants" in the regeneration area, a 750 square metre space in Embassy Gardens which sits across the boroughs of Wandsworth and Lambeth.

Applicants from any organisations involved in the arts are welcome and those who only wish to rent park of the space can also apply.

When bidding for a space, organisations should explain the positive impact they will have on the local community.

They should also include how they will engage with existing art and cultural groups, suggesting possible collaborative projects.

The cultural space, located next to the US Embassy on Ponton Road in Nine Elms, will become available for rent in 2019 on reduced terms thanks to a legal agreement between Wandsworth Council and the site’s owner EcoWorld.

Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council said: "For Nine Elms to become the lively, vibrant place we want it to be we need the right cultural partners in the area.

"We already have a wealth of assets on the doorstep, not least Battersea Power Station, New Covent Garden Market and Pump House Gallery, and we want to strengthen our cultural scene and welcome new creatives to Nine Elms.

"This call-out with EcoWorld Ballymore gives us another exciting opportunity.

"We are looking for an organisation which can really engage with our local communities and visitors. This space requires a year-round programme of public events that will bring this place to life, draw people in and showcase the best of London’s creative talent."

However, not all agree with this view. A spokesperson from Wandsworth Anti-Austerity Campaign said: "We all like to see the arts prominent in our area, as it adds vibrancy to our lives.

"However, when Leader of the Council Ravi Govindia says he's "looking for an organisation which can really engage with our local communities", you need to ask, which communities?

"The vast 'regeneration' in Wandsworth, especially along the North side along the Thames has almost made it a two-tier Borough.

"The Nine Elms/Battersea Power Station area is the epitome of these policies. Yet over the same period, all adventure playgrounds were closed down, the control of the remaining libraries given over to organisations outside of Wandsworth, and many other vital public services have been cut or outsourced.

"WAC would like to see cultural projects across the borough, and that are accessible (affordable) to people from all backgrounds.

"At a time when people are being priced out of Wandsworth, such a focus on one wealthy area is self defeating for the community as a whole."

Organisations, along with proving financial stability, must complete a written application by April 28, 2017.

If shortlisted, they will be invited for an interview with a panel of experts from Wandsworth Council and EcoWorld Ballymore.