Author: David Curran
We’ve heard worrying reports that both the ‘anchor tenants’ of Clapham Junction’s shopping centre may close next year. Not because they want to leave, but because their landlord has given them notice to quit! Debenhams as a whole has been in difficulty for a while, although as we have previously reported the Clapham Junction branch is profitable and one they definitely want to keep. And we understand our T.K. Maxx is one of the best performing in the country.
But we have heard from several sources, as well as one media article, that the relatively new owner of the building, W Real Estate, wants them out so they can redevelop some or all of the building as a hotel. This would be the end of one of London’s most famous department stores, and a true icon of Clapham Junction. It would also have major implications for neighbouring traders.
Authors: Cyril Richert & David CurranThe architectural practice Hawkins\Brown (the architect which designed the new Peabody estate on St John’s Hill) has unveiled last week their vision for Clapham Junction’s future. Their website reports work on a vision for the future of Clapham Junction, examining how an integrated approach to development can offer significant benefits to both the station and the wider Battersea area. Continue reading
Author: Cyril Richert
House of Commons – Friday 22 March 2019
Marsha De Cordova MP (Battersea, Labour)
Marsha de Cordova, MP for Battersea, secured a debate on Winstanley Estate Regeneration on March, 22nd (Citation: HC Deb, 22 March 2019, c1433).
There are interesting comments, mostly about the lack of social units in the scheme (currently council houses representing the majority of homes on the estate, while of the proposed 2,000 extra homes, just three will be council homes), while Wandsworth Council has nearly 7,000 families on its housing waiting list, and that the Council is accused of promoting “social engineering” within the Winstanley and York Road estates. We also learn that last year, 90% of the houses built in the borough were unaffordable private homes, while less than 3% were council homes.
Unfortunately Rishi Sunak, Under-Secretary for Housing, Communities and Local Government, refused to comment on the case and instead made a general statement about the government priority to build more affordable homes (missing the point raised about specifically social housing – not 80% of private market rent or shared-equity schemes) and praising the Tory leadership of Wandsworth.
You will find below a full transcript of the debate, with some specific parts highlighted when we found it appropriate (video is available HERE). Continue reading
Author: Cyril Richert
Application 2013/5712 (70-74 St John’s Hill) was granted in April 2015 at the Planning Application Committee for erection of four-storey plus basement building to provide Class A1 shops at ground floor with 8 flats above including a first floor roof garden.
There was a new application 2017/0488 asking for condition 12 regarding sustainable development certificate to be removed as developers claim that “The government had scrapped the requirement for the code of Sustainable Homes in March 2015 and our planning approval is dated 22 April 2015“. Other requests to modify conditions were submitted and granted: 2017/0919, 2017/5179 and the latest 2018/1526 regarding cycle storage (approved 9 October 2018).
Authors: Owners and residents of No. 17, 18, 20, 23, 40, 42, 43 and 44 Ganley Court
Latest plans for skyscrapers on York Gardens
NB: This is a transcript of the detailed objection of Ganley Court residents regarding the Planning Application 2019/0024, which is proposing to build on York Garden up to 2550 residential units ranging from 3 – 31 storeys above ground level including leisure centre, health, flexible commercial uses, park, landscaping, public realm, energy centres, car/cycle parking and new vehicle accesses.
We are the owners and residents of No. 17, 18, 20, 23, 40, 42, 43 and 44 Ganley Court, Winstanley Estate, SW11 2EW. We are all freeholders of well-maintained low rise terraced family-sized houses of three and four bedrooms with garden. We believe that the changes being proposed are substantial and that, despite our feelings about the Master Plan having been made clear from the beginning, the rights and needs of the freehold residents of Ganley Court have been neglected and undermined throughout the consultation process. We therefore request further consultation and a revised planning application before this is determined. Continue reading
Author: Cyril Richert
An article from the Evening Standard a few days ago revealed to the general public some pictures of the plans instigated by Wandsworth Council to redevelop Winstanley & York estates. We have already explained in many articles how Wandsworth Council ignored some results of the consultation 5 years ago and has conducted parody of consultations along the process. For a reminder, you can just glance at our previous article: Winstanley regeneration: Can we trust the Council?
There is not much to add to the pictures published in the Evening Standard and that we post below. It resembles more Canary Wharf or even New York in some extend and as “phallocratic” tower-plans go (as Boris Johnson famously named them in 2007) the budget for this “grand” design slipped from £1bn in 2017 to £1.4bn nowadays. Who knows, it might soon reached £2bn if you had 2 or 3 more skyscrapers… And to reuse a headline describing the former Mayor of London, it could be Tory’s dire legacy for Clapham Junction. Continue reading
Urgent! If you want to respond to this planning application, you have only until Friday next week, 15 February, to post objections.
Author: Jane Clifton (Northcote resident)
If only David could win! David: twenty or so homes (Bramfield Road, Northcote Road, Staplehurst Court and Halston Close). Goliath: Wandsworth Council.
The residents of these homes will suffer a dramatic reduction in the quality of their lives if the Council proceeds with its plan to redevelop the current Chatham Hall site.
In 2017 the Council conducted a consultation process about their proposal: closure of the current Northcote Library (to be replaced by retail and residential space) and demolition of the current Chatham Hall and nearby garages (to be replaced by the erection of a new Northcote Library and a building combining community centre facilities and flats). Continue reading
Authors: Cyril Richert & David Curran
CJAG met with Jill Stone, Network Rail development manager (Wessex area & early projects) on Thursday 17 January to talk about the current consideration for Clapham Junction station. It was an interesting and open discussion, and we appreciated Network Rail taking the time to meet with CJAG at such an early stage in the project.
Her team is currently at the relatively early stage of exploring two broad options:
- A scheme aiming to release the current congestion in the station – recognising that usage of the station continues to rise, and the existing pedestrian subway is reaching the limit of its capacity. At this stage it is envisaged that this would involve replacing the subway with a new footbridge over the tracks, and significant associated changes to the station entrance on St John’s Hill.
- A more comprehensive redevelopment of the station, again involving the closure of the subway but going further and building a new deck over some of the tracks that could accommodate further development and substantially improve access to the station.
Author: David Curran
Image by Edwardx / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence
British Land has agreed to sell the Debenhams building in Clapham Junction (formerly Arding & Hobbs), to an as-yet undisclosed buyer for £48 million. They originally bought the building in 2005 amid the collapse of previous tenant Allders, and leased it on to Debenhams. Continue reading
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 the new 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