Another 20+ storey “landmark” for York Road area

Author: Cyril Richert

In a few year Wandsworth Council would have managed to transform a zone of mixed residential and warehouse blocks of up to 6-8 storeys into a highly developed area where 20+ storeys become the norm for any development.

After the 28 storey-Landmark in Lombard Road (in breach of planning document, but paving the way for the “vision”), the 17 storey-Viewpoint on 98 York Road, the 5 blocks up to 25 storeys being built on the former Homebase site 198 York Road, and the many others still being submitted, approved or soon to be built, now comes the 5 blocks up to 20 storeys to replace the Yellow Box warehouse in Lombard Road.

The planning application (2018/3776) is nearly a copy-past of their previous screening application, which seems to have been used as a test to make sure that the planning officers will have no concern on the scheme.

The scheme is presented as:

“Erection of a new 9177 sq m 6 storey self-storage facility, including artists’ studios (293 sq m) and flexible office space (413 sq m), and a 4/6/8/13/20 storey development comprising 168 residential units with ground floor retail uses (1007 sq m) and 1st and 2nd floor offices (487 sq m) and formation of basement parking (incl. 64 car parking spaces), cycle parking (344 spaces) and surface level parking, loading, servicing and landscaped areas including formation of new plaza on Lombard Road.”

We particularly like the objection sent by a resident, which seems to summarise most of the comments:

“What an appalling, ugly carbuncle. This is not development or community; this is just ugly greed. Too high, too dense, soulless and an eyesore. But no doubt the “planning” department will approve it. So despairing.”

But to balance in favour of the planning officers (who will recommend the scheme for approval without a doubt), we can quote the response of Vinoly when asked about the impact of his Walkie Talkie building on the area:

“The view from the Tower [of London] is already ruined – would it be logical to demolish all of the visible modern buildings?”

So as damaged as already occurred, lets carry on!

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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

Awkward proposal for Plantation Wharf for yet more towers

Author: Cyril Richert

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A  proposal (p.a. 2016/5644) to redevelop part of Plantation Wharf has been submitted in October 2016. The application says:

Demolition of existing buildings (with the exception of Trade Tower) and redevelopment for mixed use (A1-4, B1, D1/2 and flexible uses within these classes) and 127 affordable and market housing units contained within 4 new buildings (5, 6, 8 and 16 storeys) and including a 6 storey extension to the top of the Trade Tower for a net increase of 8 residential units.

Back in 2009, the Planning Application Committee criticised the Plantation Wharf proposal  for scale and proportion issues within the vicinity which led eventually to refusal. As it was just a matter of time for the Council to approve another tower, the proposal was back in 2012 (p.a. 2012/5470) and this time approved. Continue reading