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 thnew 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

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Another 20+ storey “landmark” for York Road area

Author: Cyril Richert

In a few year Wandsworth Council would have managed to transform a zone of mixed residential and warehouse blocks of up to 6-8 storeys into a highly developed area where 20+ storeys become the norm for any development.

After the 28 storey-Landmark in Lombard Road (in breach of planning document, but paving the way for the “vision”), the 17 storey-Viewpoint on 98 York Road, the 5 blocks up to 25 storeys being built on the former Homebase site 198 York Road, and the many others still being submitted, approved or soon to be built, now comes the 5 blocks up to 20 storeys to replace the Yellow Box warehouse in Lombard Road.

The planning application (2018/3776) is nearly a copy-past of their previous screening application, which seems to have been used as a test to make sure that the planning officers will have no concern on the scheme.

The scheme is presented as:

“Erection of a new 9177 sq m 6 storey self-storage facility, including artists’ studios (293 sq m) and flexible office space (413 sq m), and a 4/6/8/13/20 storey development comprising 168 residential units with ground floor retail uses (1007 sq m) and 1st and 2nd floor offices (487 sq m) and formation of basement parking (incl. 64 car parking spaces), cycle parking (344 spaces) and surface level parking, loading, servicing and landscaped areas including formation of new plaza on Lombard Road.”

We particularly like the objection sent by a resident, which seems to summarise most of the comments:

“What an appalling, ugly carbuncle. This is not development or community; this is just ugly greed. Too high, too dense, soulless and an eyesore. But no doubt the “planning” department will approve it. So despairing.”

But to balance in favour of the planning officers (who will recommend the scheme for approval without a doubt), we can quote the response of Vinoly when asked about the impact of his Walkie Talkie building on the area:

“The view from the Tower [of London] is already ruined – would it be logical to demolish all of the visible modern buildings?”

So as damaged as already occurred, lets carry on!

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

Boots site in Falcon Lane might have opportunity for 11 storey buildings

Author: Cyril Richert

The Online Investment Property Exchange Propex has been instructed to invite interested parties to submit written proposals in October 2018 regarding the large Boots Retail Warehouse in Falcon Lane. In their brochure they highlight a potential for residential development with an example of 5 blocks of up to 11 storeys cramped on the site. Continue reading

Councils play damaging property game: short-term gain but long-term threat to London

Authors: Cyril Richert & Jane Clifton

Capture from BBC 1 Inside Out documentary

On Tuesday 3rd September, BBC1 released a very interesting documentary on Council regeneration plans (BBC1 Inside Out 03/09/2018). The programme featured Westminster’s “regeneration” programme (this city council plans to flatten 300 homes at the Ebury Bridge estate in Pimlico to make way for 750 new properties, the majority of which will be sold on the private market) but it also dealt with the issue more widely – the property development activities of various other London Councils.

The 29-minute documentary clearly shows why getting rid of council housing in favour of expensive redevelopments and making financial gains for the Councils (and more obviously private developers) is such bad news long term for London: pushing out vital elements of the population who help to keep the city running.
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