A lot of hypocrisy on Osiers Site

Author: Cyril Richert

While the chair of the Planning committee, Cllr Guy Humphries

  1. argue that the Osiers’ scheme was the last piece of the jigsaw envisioned to “reshape” the area,
  2. admits that local residents might not have been aware of the plan, and
  3. asserts that developers’ interest should take privilege over local residents amenities,

the members of the committee start having doubts over the Council strategy and turn down the proposal.

The process of filling Wandsworth Riverside started under the leadership of previous Council leader Ed Lister: Battersea Reach beside Wandsworth roundabout started to fill up with towers two decades about, then Osiers road sites and now York Road is changing fast. The previous size of 9 storeys above which buildings would be unlikely to be approved as long been ignored forgotten by the Council.

A decade ago, shortly after approving a scheme with a 36 storey tower for the Ram Brewery (later scrapped by the Secretary of States), Wandsworth Council approved a a scheme including a 21 storey-tower. It seems the norm nowadays, but it was a breach of policy at the time as the council documents stated that 18 storeys will generally be unacceptable. And while the planning officers conceded ten years ago (already!) that “the proposed density [was]in excess of both the urban and central setting” regarding transport, they praised the scheme. Although it was the tallest of the area, the developers of Osiers Estate have justified their high density because “a number of high density scheme ha[d] been permitted in the vicinity of the site” already! Continue reading

Clapham Junction is losing its DIY stores!

Author: David Curran

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In the 1980s, Clapham Junction emerged as a profitable spot for DIY traders. Close to the city centre and full of nice-but-tired (and, at the time, just about ‘affordable’) housing, the DIY stores realised there was a huge appetite for property renovations and that they were on to a good thing.  Over the years a big B&Q, as well as two separate branches of Homebase, sprung up along the York Road, as well as a pair of Travis Perkins branches on Battersea Park Road and Lombard Road serving the more serious builders. Over the last three decades  lot of the materials that went in to renovating, upgrading and extending the houses of Clapham Junction (as well as the wider catchment north of the river) came from these big box stores.

But that’s come full circle now, and the DIY stores that did so much to feed the regeneration of the houses of Clapham Junction are themselves getting priced out of the area.

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Homebase: developers are submitting new plans to be considered by Mayor

Author: Cyril Richert

Massing proposal

Developers for Homebase Swandon Way are now proposing a revised application, going back to the 17 storey tower as planned in their first application (deferred then rejected by Wandsworth Council), an increase in comparison of the 15 storeys previously submitted (and also rejected by the Council). Continue reading

Mayor of London takes over planning decision on twice rejected Homebase proposal

Author: Cyril Richert

Massing proposal

Following the unanimous rejection by the Planning Application Committee (PAC), of plans to erect buildings ranging from 7 to 15 storeys near  the Tonsleys and Wandsworth Town train station, in place of the current Homebase store (p.a. 2016/7356), the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has decided to take-over the planning decision. Continue reading

Scheme to redevelop Homebase site refused

Author: Cyril Richert

Homebase scheme compared to Wandsworth planning policies – courtesy of Wandsworth Society

Plans to erect buildings ranging from 7 to 15 storeys near  the Tonsleys and Wandsworth Town train station, in place of the current Homebase store (p.a. 2016/7356), were rejected unanimously by the Planning Application Committee (PAC) on Wednesday 26 April 2017.

It was the second time a plan to redevelop the Homebase site was refused. On 27 July 2016, the Council decided to refuse planning permission (by reason of the height, scale and massing of the 17 storeys Station building proposed and its relationship with the surrounding townscape). That scheme (p.a. 2015/6608) included some modifications to the initially proposed design of the 17 storey tower, following the deferment of PAC consideration at the last minute a few months earlier. 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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