Luxury flats replaced by offices as demand plummets in Battersea

Author: Cyril Richert

BatterseaPowerStation_movie5The Malaysian developers of Battersea power station are preparing to replace planned apartments with as much as 1 million sq ft of extra office space, following a slump in the market for luxury homes“, announced the FT on February 24th. It means twice the size of the Gherkin tower in central London. However there are questions raised as the Brexit perspective and the consolidation in the insurance industry is already reducing the need for office space in the City. Continue reading

For B&Q Developers, Wandsworth is the new Shoreditch

Author: Cyril Richert

bq-application-mockupOn January 9th  developers of the B&Q site organised a meeting to discuss their proposal. Since then, a planning application (p.a. 2017/0580) has been submitted for 14 residential blocks (with 3 podiums) ranging from 8 to 15 storeys to provide a mixed use scheme including 517 residential units, 5098 sqm of business and 2745 sqm flexible business/retail/restaurant and cafe.

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Awkward proposal for Plantation Wharf for yet more towers

Author: Cyril Richert

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A  proposal (p.a. 2016/5644) to redevelop part of Plantation Wharf has been submitted in October 2016. The application says:

Demolition of existing buildings (with the exception of Trade Tower) and redevelopment for mixed use (A1-4, B1, D1/2 and flexible uses within these classes) and 127 affordable and market housing units contained within 4 new buildings (5, 6, 8 and 16 storeys) and including a 6 storey extension to the top of the Trade Tower for a net increase of 8 residential units.

Back in 2009, the Planning Application Committee criticised the Plantation Wharf proposal  for scale and proportion issues within the vicinity which led eventually to refusal. As it was just a matter of time for the Council to approve another tower, the proposal was back in 2012 (p.a. 2012/5470) and this time approved. Continue reading

Little change for the new scheme for Homebase (following previous refusal)

Author: Cyril Richert

elevation-proposal2A new planning application (2016/7356) for the site of Homebase in Swandon Way (Wandsworth town) is being considered. It follows the decision at the end of March 2016 to defer the previous application (p.a. 2015/6608). While the Council’s officers recommended approval for the scheme including a 17 storey tower, it emerged that the developers wanted to review their proposals and consult further. Continue reading

The Fishmonger/Alchemist pub redevelopment plans have been approved

Author: Cyril Richert

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On 14th September 2016, retrospective planning application 2016/0647 for the Alchemist pub was approved by the Council (7 votes in favour and 1 abstention). A number of conditions have been added to the approval to those recommended by officers, including a requirement that detailed drawings of the decorative features of the front facade shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority prior to the commencement of the development. The specific details (p.a. 2016/5958) were consented on 5th December 2016. Continue reading

Developer chosen for Winstanley/York regeneration

Author: Cyril Richert

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Proposal from Taylor Wimpey’s presentation

The Council has now revealed the name of the development partner to help deliver the regeneration scheme they promote for the Winstanley and York Road area. In its Executive meeting on Monday 27th, decision was made to choose Taylor Wimpey as preferred bidder (with Lendlease as reserve bidder). Taylor Wimpey will now work with the Council through a Joint Venture (JV) arrangement for the £1bn redevelopment of the scheme, after a 13-month OJEU procurement procedure. Continue reading

Council’s proposal for a new Northcote Library opposed by residents

Author: Cyril Richert

Wandsworth Council is proposing to replace the current Northcote library (corner of Northcote Road and Chatham Road) with a new facility located at the place of the current Chatham Hall (currently a community centre and nursery). A new community hall will be built on the site of the existing Chatham Hall and the current library will be transformed into residential units and retails (the Council owns both sites).

Proposed new library

Proposed new library

Proposed redevelopment of retails and residential units.

Proposed redevelopment of retails and residential units.

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