Do as I say not as I do

Author: Cyril Richert

A scheme was recently criticised for the extra pressure it would create on local amenities:

“Concerns have already been raised that the proposed […] 602 flats could create significant extra pressure on the local transport network, with increased traffic congestion and more passengers accessing local rail services, especially at the already busy and crowded […] Station.

There are fears too that new residential accommodation on this scale could make it much more difficult for existing residents to access local GP and hospital services, while some critics say the proposals do not provide enough parking spaces for such a large scale development.

And there are concerns that the plans to also include a large retail space on the site could have an adverse impact on nearby shops and businesses.

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An Italian deli/restaurant to replace Big Fat Panda?

Author: Cyril Richert

281 Lavender Hill SW11 1LP - Big Fat Panda

281 Lavender Hill SW11 1LP – Big Fat Panda

A new application has been registered yesterday for Big Fat Panda in Lavender Hill. Planning Application 2015/5108 (and 2015/5107 for a new signage) is proposing to convert the current Chinese buffet restaurant into an Italian restaurant and delicatessen chain (Valentina Fine Foods) with new exterior access for use of the garden as a seating area for the restaurant, and shopfront alterations. Continue reading

Wandsworth Policy document on sites is ineffective, says government inspector

Author: Cyril Richert

The government inspector in charge of reviewing Wandsworth planning policy gave a big blow to the Council saying that their Site Specific Allocation Document (SSAD), the main planning document describing major sites, is not worth the paper it is written on!

Local Plan examination - Hearing session 8th July 2015

Local Plan examination – Hearing session 8th July 2015

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Justification of unjustifiable is becoming alarming in Wandsworth Council

Author: Cyril Richert

98 York Road - 17 storeys proposal

98 York Road – 17 storeys proposal

While there is still an appeal on the previously refused 17 storey podium on 98 York Road, developers have also submitted a new screening application (nearly identical) for the site (see our article HERE).

Nobody will be surprised to read the response from Wandsworth Planning department (10 August 2015) giving a thumb up for the proposal (page 4):

“the scale of the impact of the proposal is not considered to give rise to markedly different impacts when taking into consideration the urban nature of the location with substantial buildings of similar height neighbouring the site, some comprising residential and similar commercial uses.”

And of course, despite denial from the Council that a tall building does not set a precedent (each of them assessed against their own merit – p8 of the paper –  and bla bla bla….), we see again here that the first tall building justifies the next. Continue reading

Post justification exercise by Wandsworth Council to justify cluster of towers in York Road area

Author: Cyril Richert

Wandsworth Council has run a major consultation over the July-beginning of August period, in a cynical attempt to justify their approval for tall and massive developments in the York/Lombard Road area. The so called consultation on the Proposed Supplementary Planning Document: Lombard Road/York Road Riverside Focal Point – June 2015 presented their aim to designate the latest area available between Clapham Junction and Wandsworth town centres as suitable for tall buildings, although no consideration was given on the impact of such schemes on transport and amenities. Continue reading

Crossrail 2 community engagement meeting

Author: Cyril Richert


Ahead of the plan to run Crossrail 2 through Clapham Junction, TfL and Network Rail have organised a meeting on 22nd July with the aim to provide a forum to inform, discuss and understand local issues and concerns arising from the Crossrail 2 project, as part of their on-going commitment to community engagement as the scheme develops. Continue reading