Horror plans to redevelop Clapham Junction/Winstanley area

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

David and Goliath in Northcote Road?

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

Update on Clapham Junction station’s future

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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Debenhams has a new landlord

Author: David Curran

Arding & Hobbs by Edwardx, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence

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

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 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

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