Ram Brewery: the Council is accepting misleading images

Author: Cyril Richert

Wide-angle images have been used for a long time by developers. This is a fact that they distort perspective and therefore tall buildings appear further away or smaller than they are or would be in reality. However, architects might use them in order to provide information for the scheme such as number of buildings and panorama views. Miller Hare, a leading expert on the field, explains: “it is logical to use a wide angle lens in order to include additional context in the print“. Continue reading

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Exceptional Council meeting to discuss the Ram Brewery proposal

Author: Cyril Richert

It has been confirmed last week that there will be a special Planning Application Committee meeting in July (in addition to the normal one planned on July 3rd) to consider the Ram Brewery application.

It will be held on Tuesday, 23rd July 2013 at 7.30pm.

Usually August’s meeting is dedicated to small applications only and developers must have pressed the Council not to delay the decision (to approve?) to the autumn!

Ram Brewery: a list of reasons for objection

Author: Cyril Richert

When considering the new proposal for the Ram Brewery, two things come to mind:

  1. The Council appears to have already decided to approve (except maybe not if we get 300,000 objections)
  2. There are many reasons to object.

Fait accompli

We have already reported in a recent article that the Council is already considering the proposal as a “fait accompli”. It approved the previous scheme (with two towers) before it was turned down by the Minister so to refuse the new (one tower) does not seem, to it, to make sense. Continue reading

Ram Brewery: still many reasons to object

Author: Cyril Richert

Ram Brewery Tower: View of the Wandle from the High Street taken with a wide angle lens, in breach of DMPD PolicyIn a previous article we were wondering whether there is any chance to have the new project for the redevelopment of the Ram Brewery site amended or whether this is already a done deal and the Council has already decided to give its blessing to Minerva’s plans.

Since our latest article, the planning application was submitted to the Council on … December 27th! and according to the website there is until 01/03/2013 to make comments. Continue reading

Ram Brewery – round 3

Author: Cyril Richert

As expected (and well on schedule) a new proposal has been released last month.

New plans for the redevelopment of the Ram Brewery site in Wandsworth Town will be on public display this week.

The proposal is described on the developer’s website:

  • 558 residential apartments
  • Office space (7,218 sq m) located predominantly in the buildings adjacent to the stable block on Armoury Way
  • Heritage buildings (7,335 sq m)
  • Shops, cafes, bars and restaurants (5,093 sq m)
  • Showroom (1,222 sq m)
  • Leisure uses such as a pool, spa, gym (1,039 sq m)

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