What can we do about Falcon Road’s horrible railway bridge?

Author: David CurranIMG_20181112_104744909 (2)Nobody likes the Falcon Road railway bridge.  Dark, dirty, loud and always mysteriously wet, the prospect of running the gauntlet of drips from the leaky bridge structure (or – worse – from the many resident pigeons) discourages non-residents from venturing up the Falcon Road.  But like it or not, it’s unavoidable lowlight for those of us who live north of the railway. Continue reading

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Consultation on community involvement: great principles but in practice no improvement

Author: Cyril Richert

Wandsworth Council has consulted on its draft Statement of Community Involvement (SCI), which is a document that describes how to get involved in planning decision-making process. The first Wandsworth SCI was adopted in 2007 and was last revised in 2012.

Comments were to be submitted before mid-December, and we have been a bit slow in producing a response. However, in view of our current efforts to get improvement in the planning process and our call for planning reform, we thought it was important to submit a detailed analysis of the draft paper.

You can read below the summary of our comment. To get more information, you can view/download the documents:

  1. Statement of Community Involvement 2018 draft for consultation
  2. CJAG Representation in response to consultation on the draft Statement of Community Involvement
  3. Clapham Junction Action Group: Draft Paper on Planning decision reforms

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Debenhams has a new landlord

Author: David Curran

Arding & Hobbs by Edwardx, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence

Image by Edwardx / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence

British Land has agreed to sell the Debenhams building in Clapham Junction (formerly Arding & Hobbs), to an as-yet undisclosed buyer for £48 million.  They originally bought the building in 2005 amid the collapse of previous tenant Allders, and leased it on to Debenhams. Continue reading

What is going on at Peabody Clapham Junction?

Author: Local resident-CJAG

George Peabody would be shocked!

What is going on at Peabody Clapham Junction? In the new development, there is parking where ‘No Parking’ is clearly marked.

Scaffolding already on one of the new buildings!

In the meantime, residents in the new buildings have had problems with the supply of hot water especially in the upper floors. Continue reading

ShopStop acquired by private investors for £137 million

Author: Cyril Richert

ShopStop, the retail area of Clapham Junction station, has been acquired by DTZ Investors for £137 million.

The winning bid is said to be 30% above the initial price, which must have been a decisive factor to be chosen by DV4, clients of Delancey, over prestigious interested parties including vacuum cleaner pioneer James Dyson’s property business, Legal & General, Redevco, LaSalle Investment Management and Meyer Bergman. Continue reading

Winstanley Phase 0: Less Trees, Less Space and High rise

Author: Cyril Richert

Phase 0 of the Winstanley and York Road estates regeneration has now started. Usual trick applied: the picture published is only showing the top 6 floors of a tower that will reach … 20 floors.

This phase comprises of three separate developments along Grant Road, which in total will deliver 139 new residential flats along with the relocation of the Battersea Baptist Church and Thames Christian College. Continue reading