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

GarattLane_Tower

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

Ed Lister has still the final word on Wandsworth decisions

Author: Cyril Richert

At the beginning of August, the Mayor of London approved the permission granted by Wandsworth Borough Council (WBC) for the Ram Brewery Site. Actually Boris Johnson being on holiday, this is Edward Lister, the Deputy Mayor & Chief of Staff, who took the decision with delegation.

Therefore, former Wandsworth Council leader Ed Lister, who approved the first proposal for the Ram Brewery site (before to be refused by the Secretary of States), and went before Wandsworth Council Planning Application Committee to support the case, has acted also as the final judge for London’s decision! Continue reading