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

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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

Developers get early Xmas present from Council with approved towers previously refused

Author: Cyril Richert

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“The design of the facades has remained very similar to the previous application” says the report

A month before Xmas, Wandsworth Planning Application Committee approved a scheme in York Road, including a 17 storey tower, that they previously refused for the following reasons :

“proposed massing and design by reason of the density of the development would constitute an unneighbourly form of development that would result in an unacceptable level of harm to the amenities of the occupants of neighbouring properties through overlooking and loss of privacy”

Hmmm I forgot to add that the refusal was just before the general election last May, so no need to be so concerned about the residents anymore now for Wandsworth Council! In a recent comment, the leader of the Council Cllr Govindia mocked Battersea  residents objecting to planning application, saying “as a percentage of the Borough’s population of around 310,000″ their number is insignifiant (even less significant in comparison to the entire population of England who does not object to Wandsworth’s schemes surely, ha ha!). Continue reading

Public Meeting York area: the videos

Author: Cyril Richert

leafletOn the 1st of November, more than 90 people attended the Public Meeting organised in York Gardens library by CJAG, in order to talk about the developments planned for York Road, Lombard Road and Clapham Junction area. This was also a very good opportunity to talk about the general planning strategy, implementation of planning policies by the Council.  Continue reading