Is Wandsworth becoming the new Eldorado of co-living?

Author: Cyril Richert

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Nearly two years ago the world was learning about Covid. At the end of January 2020 we watched with astonishment people locked inside their own homes in some areas of China. Here, by the end of March 2020, the Prime Minister was ordering British people to stay at home. Over the period, “lockdown” had become one of the most searched word on Google. Students and young professionals were amongst the most affected as many have been confined in their small studio flats for months, without much possibility to go outside and mix with others. Office space, gyms, restaurants, cinemas, community spaces were closed and studies show that the more you depended on that, the more you were affected.

What have we learnt from this? That personal space is critical, that access to private outside amenity is essential? The pandemic does not seem to affect the reasoning of developers in this country. The trending idea, which started before the pandemic, seems to be to allocate only a tiny private space to individuals and mixing as much as possible for everything else. Continue reading

Deceptive presentation

Author: Cyril Richert

The latest Brightside received in July 2020 is showing Wandsworth Council’s ambition to increase the number of homes it would build, from 1500 previously to 2500 being the new target, by 2025, with at least 65% being affordable.

The article is ambiguous, to say the least, about the portion of Council housing considered but as the latest target available in December 2019 in the draft London plan gave 19,500 new units by 2029 (of which 50% should be affordable), we might assume that the 1500 or now 2500 target is made of social housing (but then the Council is saying that only 65% would be affordable!).

But the purpose of this article is not to discuss hypothetical targets and planned figured, but to demonstrate the deceptive presentation of Wandsworth Council with a few simple pictures below, as it is worth a thousand words. Continue reading

A new 16 storey tower proposed near York Road

Author: Cyril Richert

View of the proposal for 2-18 Yelverton Rd, London SW11

There is a new application (2019/2295) for erection of a part 3/16 storey mixed-use development plus basement, providing nearly 600 sq.m of commercial office + creative workspace at ground and basement levels and 74 residential units at upper levels; communal garden on the 3rd floor; with 6 car parking spaces. The site is currently occupied by the Sambrook’s Brewery which should relocate. Continue reading

How a 6-storey vision can become a 14-storey tower through the planning process

Author: Cyril Richert

Last May was approved a new development in York Road for a part 5, 9, 11, 13 and 14 storey providing 82 residential units (with only 7 car parking spaces and 145 cycle parking spaces located at basement level). [p.a. 2017/5818].

Advertised as a 6-storey building potential

It is interesting to see that, at the time the proposed plot was advertised, the potential development was however very different: a 6 storey building, with 39 apartments (9 affordable) with terrace or balcony and retail premises on the ground floor. The 0.25-acre site was acquired by IP Global in 2015 and proposed for sale in January 2017 for £7,250,000.

6 storey building, with 39 apartments

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Another 20 storeys in York Road? After Homebase and B&Q, Travis Perkins plot might soon become a target for developers

Author: Cyril Richert

Soon a new 20 storey towers in Lombard Road?

And another one! Thanks to Wandsworth Council series of approval, 20 storey towers become now the norm (or a starting point) for developers in York Road area.

Big Yellow Self-Storage Company has submitted a screening application (p.a. 2018/2369) for demolition of the existing buildings and redevelopment of the site with 168 residential units in stepped buildings up to 20 storeys in height, a new self-storage warehouse unit, approximately 79 new car parking and 336 cycle spaces within a basement, landscaping, and formation of new public space and pedestrian and vehicular access.   Continue reading

Here again: 15 storey tower proposed for York Road

Author: Cyril Richert

No rest for York Road: after already more than half-dozen of high towers/skyscrapers ranging from 14 to 28 storeys proposed or being erected, now developers are proposing erection of a part 5, 9, 11, 13 and 14 storey providing 82 residential units (with only 7 car parking spaces and 145 cycle parking spaces located at basement level). [p.a. 2017/5818] Continue reading

Appalling exhibition on the future of the Winstanley/Clapham Junction Station area

Author: Cyril Richert

Did you support the two 42-storeys towers at Clapham Junction station in 2009? If so you will be very pleased that Wandsworth Council is now pushing for such avision, but with a more ambitious project transforming of the full area into a small Canary Wharf type development!

For others, you will wonder if you should cry or laugh, but you will certainly be flabbergasted by the vision presented by the Winstanley York Road regeneration team. Continue reading

21 storey tower at Homebase site could become 24 or 25

Author: Cyril Richert

Developers are now seeking permission to build up 3 more storeys on top of their towers and platform to reach 24 storeys (in fact 25 with the size of the podium) and provide 299 residential units (up from 21 storeys and 254 units).

While the Council approved planning application 2015/0881 to demolish Homebase on 198 York Road, and replace by 6, 7, 9, 11 and 21 storeys to provide 254 residential units (read our article > HERE), developers are now submitting numerous changes to their initial plans. Continue reading