Decision deferred on the 17 storeys scheme in Swandon Lane (Homebase site)

Author: Cyril Richert

ProposalDecision on Swandon Lane/Homebase planning application (p.a. 2015/6608) was deferred yesterday at the planning application committee meeting. While the Council’s officers recommended approval for the scheme including a 17 storey tower, it emerged that the developers now wish to review their proposals and consult further. Continue reading

Objection to the 17 storeys scheme in Swandon Lane (Homebase site)

Author: Wandsworth Society

drawingHere is the objection sent by the Wandsworth Society to the Council, regarding Homebase site in Swandon lane redevelopment proposal (Application number 2015/6608).

We object to the application on a number of grounds:-

1. Building height

(i)  The proposed tower of 17 storeys- 62 m in height will dominate the residential area to the south, looming over the low-rise flats and houses in the Tonsleys, parts of which are within The Wandsworth Town Conservation Area.

(ii)  In the approved SSAD(section 3.6) “the height at which a development in this location will be considered to be tall is 9 storeys”. Tall buildings in this situation “are likely to be inappropriate”. Continue reading

Plans to replace Homebase, Swanden Way, by several residential buildings

Author: Cyril Richert

drawingPlanning application 2015/6608 is proposing the demolition of existing Homebase building and erection of three buildings ranging from 9 to 17 storeys with basement to provide a mixed use scheme including 324 residential units, 580 sq.m. of retail units, 244 sq.m. of crèche/day nursery and 1636 sq.m. of studio/office space, with associated cycle parking spaces and 101 car parking spaces, playspace, landscaping and public realm improvements (including contribution towards a new northern entrance to Wandsworth Town Station). Continue reading

Benefits outweigh harms to justify 26 storey tower

Author: Cyril Richert

GarattLane_TowerFollowing our article on the redevelopment of Garatt Lane (South Thames College), including a 26 storey tower, Wandsworth Council has approved the proposal (no surprise, as this is the Council’s own application).

The scheme is described as the demolition of existing buildings and erection of four new buildings ranging in height from 4 to 26 storeys to provide 202 residential units.

You will notice that this is in contradiction to the Council’s planning policies. Continue reading

Even the Council’s own proposal can’t bear following its own planning documents

Author: Cyril Richert


We have just received last Wednesday (although dated 8th October!) a new application for a 26 storey tower at Garatt Lane. You might not consider this as our prime area of interest (although it is close to the Ram Brewery that we commented on, and this is just in front, beside South side!) however the proposal on Council’s land raise some attention, not only because of the size but primarily because it contradicts blankly Wandsworth borough Local Plan for the area. Continue reading

Chinese property developer buys Ram Brewery

Author: Cyril Richert

A computer image of Ram Brewery site in Wandsworth with 36-storey tower and flats, as displayed by the Evening Standard

A computer image of Ram Brewery site in Wandsworth with 36-storey tower and flats, as displayed by the Evening Standard

The news came at a shock for many, as yesterday it was announced that Greenland Group, the giant state-owned Chinese property developer has bought the Ram Brewery site, Britain’s oldest brewery (beer had been brewed at the site continuously since 1576 and the Young’s Brewery opened in 1831). Continue reading

Wandsworth Council: what conflicts of interest?

Author: Cyril Richert

As you might know, Councillors have to fill a form stating their personal interests and declare any potential conflict that could be suspected of altering their decisions during their council’s role.

It is therefore very disturbing to discover the link between the chair of WBC Planning Application Committee (PAC) and large developers, including Minerva, owner of the Ram Brewery site. Continue reading