Author: Patricia Poulter
Just a few words to update you on what is happening in Putney at the moment.
Tote was the hotel from Travelodge at 11 storeys replacing an office building that stood at 4 storeys. The application has been withdrawn and it looks like the site has changed hands and it is said that they will be implementing a previously approved application given in 2007 at 5 storeys.
Putney Place (site opposite East Putney Tube) where previously 2 towers one at 26 and the other at 21 storeys was opposed at a well documented public meeting organised by the Putney Society and then declined by the Council. Site has changed hands.
The new developers have involved the local residents and have produced a scheme that meets general local approval APART from on the height which so far is max 15 stories, with other blocks at 8 , 10 and 12. They have engaged well with the local population and done public exhibitions but we do not know yet what they will finally submit.
Tileman have come back with the same proposal but taken off 3 storeys here and there to get main block down from 15 to 12 storeys.
Read about the previous plan here: Tileman scheme rejected: too high
Capsticks has been purchased by St James. They have consulted with neighbours and done public exhibitions. They are also proposing a building at 15 storeys.This is at pre application stage.
All in all, the SSAD original heights and types of developments are being followed almost to the letter in terms of proposed heights, use and footprints.
 Regarding the size of buildings, CJAG reported: “During the public hearing on the Core Strategy examination, Thursday 4 February at the Town Hall, the inspector made the point that developers will look at any suggested maximum and see it as the green light from which to start.” The Council acknowledged the issue and has decided to remove all the upper limit indications… too late maybe!