First co-living application for York Road refused

Author: Cyril Richert

Architect’s view of proposed scheme for Access Self Storage 248-250 York Road

Planning Application 2020/4285 (Access Self Storage 248-250 York Road SW11) for blocks ranging from 8 to 13 storeys comprising 193 shared-living rooms and 131 residential units went to committee on 22 February 2022. It was refused by the Councillors, against the recommendation to approve from the officer.

In an unusual way, a lot of concerns were raised: Continue reading

Revamp of a huge scheme for York Road to double the number of small flats

Author: Cyril Richert

THE CANDLE FACTORY – Architect’s illustration

Developers for a 25 storey towers in York Road are submitting new plans to increase the number of units from 136 to 177, cramming 46 more 1-bed flats into the building.

The initial scheme for a 25 storey building comprising 136 flats that was approved in May 2017 should not change much externally.  However, the new scheme (p.a. 2022/0249) is proposing to convert the existing larger apartments into 41 additional units in the 88 meters tower block (including 11 affordable, in order to keep the same portion of 35% affordable) making a total of 177 units. This is managed with a huge increase of 1 bed-flats from 36 to 82, while the 2-bed units stay similar (from 80 to 86) and the 3-bed units decrease from 20 to 9. Continue reading

Is Wandsworth becoming the new Eldorado of co-living?

Author: Cyril Richert


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