Network Rail reveals ambitious plans for Clapham Junction station

Author: Cyril Richert

Clapham Junction station: Brighton Yard entrance

At the beginning of April, it was announced that Network Rail has taken over the running of the station to allow it to take any decisions on its redevelopment more easily.

NR is looking at options to relieve congestion in the short term, as well as investigating the feasibility of a massive station redevelopment in the longer term.
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Clapham Junction specifically targeted in the draft London Plan

Author: Cyril Richert

The Draft New London Plan (read our article on Battersea, Putney And Wandsworth Society comments) is currently under review. It is noticeable that at least in one part, the London plan chose to focus specifically on Clapham Junction. Continue reading

Council’s gift before local election: 20 storey tower beside Grant Road station entrance

Author: Cyril Richert

Finally, after 4 years of work on the Winstanley and York redevelopment project, and as local residents expressed the wish of less towers in the 2013 consultation, the Council is proposing a 20 storey tower in Grant Road, the tallest building in the area so far. Continue reading

Wandsworth Council is threatening to tear down homes of Ganley Court

Author: Dr Neil Mason

Ganley Court homeowners protesting at the latest Council’s exhibition for the Winstanley/York estates redevelopment

The Ganley Court homeowners on the Winstanley Estate are fighting the proposed plans to demolish their homes as part of a regeneration masterplan.

They support the wider regeneration of the estate but completely reject this masterplan in its current form. The residents feel the proposed demolition of their low rise family homes to facilitate the building of a neighbourhood of dense skyscrapers is simply unacceptable. They are dismayed and distraught at the horrendous offer to be rehoused in new tower blocks on a shared equity basis. 

This regeneration project is making a mockery of planning rules.  The plans are changing and misleading at every stage and the buildings are getting higher, e.g. the latest addition of housing on top of the community centre, library and leisure centre with several 20-25 towers along the park. Continue reading

Appalling exhibition on the future of the Winstanley/Clapham Junction Station area

Author: Cyril Richert

Did you support the two 42-storeys towers at Clapham Junction station in 2009? If so you will be very pleased that Wandsworth Council is now pushing for such avision, but with a more ambitious project transforming of the full area into a small Canary Wharf type development!

For others, you will wonder if you should cry or laugh, but you will certainly be flabbergasted by the vision presented by the Winstanley York Road regeneration team. Continue reading

Replacement of Northcote library has been given the thumbs up by Tory Councillors

Authors: Amelia Milne & Cyril Richert

On Tuesday 19 September, Councillors from the Overview & Scrutiny Committee were asked to back the scheme to replace the current Northcote library by a block of flat, and rebuild a new library facility with facilities and more residential units on the Chatham Hall site.

Attending the meeting were Councillors O’Broin (Chairman); Councillor Ms Torrington (Deputy Chairman); Councillors Anderson, Belton, Field, Hart, Jones, Lescott, Nardelli, Stokes, Mrs. Strickland and Walsh.

With no surprise the meeting reflected the division on party line : Conservatives all in favour of the plan supported by Cllr Dawson and Cllr Cook, Labour Councillors taking local residents’ side and opposing the proposal [1]. Continue reading