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

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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

CJTCP – Presentation of the Business study for Clapham Junction

Author: Cyril Richert

On Tuesday 19 September, The Means, appointed by the Council, presented the results of their feasibility study on the future of Clapham Junction town Centre. The company has been appointed by the Council to look into the different possibilities for the town centre business organisations to move to self funding. A Business Improvement District (business lead organisation funded by businesses) is the preferred option. Continue reading

Lidl makes further amendments following CJAG comments

Author: Cyril Richert

Lidl is amending again their proposal (planning application 2017/2972) in order to take into account the concerns from residents. They have:

  • removed their 4 car parks at surface level and proposed to extend the plants and greenery and keep the existing mature trees;
  • increased the number of electric car chargers as we recommended. Continue reading

A done deal with Peabody’s revised scheme

Author: Cyril Richert

Peabody is presenting their revised scheme for the redevelopment of the site in St John’s Hill. The new plan include additional height on several building: two buildings will have one single storey added and two others will have 2 single storeys added.

Changes highlighted in yellow

It follows the news in December 2016 that the estimated build cost for Phase 2 had increased significantly and therefore all construction has stopped, while Peabody is looking at amendments and a new planning application. Continue reading