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. (more…)

August 26, 2015 at 9:51 am Leave a comment

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. (more…)

August 20, 2015 at 8:16 am 2 comments

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. (more…)

August 19, 2015 at 9:10 am Leave a comment

Appeal and new application for 17 storey building at 98 York Road

Author: Cyril Richert

98 York Road - 17 storeys proposal

98 York Road – 17 storeys proposal

An appeal (p.a. 2014/7103) has been lodged at the beginning of July by the developers against Wandsworth Planning Application Committee’s decision to refuse their plan to redevelop 98 York Road with a podium and buildings up to 17 storeys. (more…)

August 17, 2015 at 6:08 pm Leave a comment

21 storeys approved in York road paves the way for more towers even before consultation for the area

Author: Cyril Richert

By 5 votes to 2 (you can guess who voted against) the scheme 2015/0881, including a 21 storey tower, was approved at the Planning application Committee meeting on the 14th July.

Proposed development for 198 York Road (currently Homebase)

Proposed development for 198 York Road (currently Homebase)


July 23, 2015 at 8:12 am Leave a comment

The Council requires the façade of the Alchemist pub to be rebuilt

Author: Cyril Richert

The Council has refused a retrospective planning consent to demolish the façade of the former Fishmonger/Alchemist pub (planning application  2015/2762) on Tuesday 21st July. The Alchemist pub, located at 225 St John’s Hill, was nearly totally demolished last month, without planning consent (see our story HERE).



July 22, 2015 at 4:12 pm Leave a comment

Our support for Crossrail 2 station on Grant road

Author: Cyril Richert

Blue Areas: These are areas where the Crossrail 2 proposals have a greater effect at ground level, such as for stations, temporary worksites or ventilation and emergency shafts.

On Wednesday 22nd July was organised a meeting to discuss a new community engagement panel TfL is proposing to establish in the Clapham Junction area.

As they work to refine the proposals for Crossrail 2, which includes a new station at Clapham Junction, they want to engage with representatives of the community panel, to provide more information about proposals for Crossrail 2,  to better understand local issues and what this means for our community.

Later this year a wider public consultation on the scheme will be organised. (more…)

July 22, 2015 at 8:11 am Leave a comment

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