Local Plan: Site Allocations: CJ1 ASDA, LIDL and Boots sites, Falcon Lane, SW11

Author: Cyril Richert

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Falcon Lane area – Google Map

This analysis intends to complement the very poor attention given to the site allocation sections in the draft local plan proposed by the Council. For a full information, read our presentation with the list of site allocations that we are describing.

CJ1 ASDA, LIDL and Boots sites, Falcon Lane, SW11

The site allocation is poorly detailed and we regret that no previous community engagement response was considered when redacting this section. As the Battersea Society noticed: “the new site allocation largely repeats the 2016 version” (not even considering the comments and criticisms made by societies and communities at that moment). Community Forum Lavender Hill For Me said the same: “the current allocation seems to have changed little in recent years and merits significantly more thought“.

Lavender Hill For Me  wrote: 

“This is probably the only major site allocation in Clapham Junction town centre that is near certain to see some redevelopment during the lifetime of this Local Plan – given that Boots’ lease expires and the site had been quietly marketed, Lidl is already exploring redevelopment options, and Asda has recently changed ownership to a more property-focussed business with substantial debt overheads to address.”

The lack of connection with the town centre is mentioned but no proposal is formally made to remedy. The document says there are elements which detract from the sense of place, “creating the need for a strategy which will conserve key characteristics which contribute to the sense of place, notably the historic, modestly scaled shop terraces, and landmark buildings” and we fail to understand how that translate into the vision for the site.

No consideration is given to the fact that the core area of Clapham Junction, including the station, is currently the heart of a conservation area. Continue reading

Local Plan: Site Allocations: CJ2 Clapham Junction Station Approach, SW11

Author: Cyril Richert

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This analysis intends to complement the very poor attention given to the site allocation sections in the draft local plan proposed by the Council. For a full information, read our presentation with the list of site allocations that we are describing.

CJ2 Clapham Junction Station Approach, SW11

No noticeable change on this section in comparison to what was written in the previous plan in 2016. Some work has recently been encouraged to redevelop the whole station, including decking on part of the tracks and high buildings on top. The scale of the redevelopment could be larger than recent developments on London Bridge, and the Battersea Society believes that “Government support for such a development is uncertain“.

However, the lack of near future development should not detract the Council to promote immediate improvements for the area, especially work on Falcon Bridge.

Falcon Bridge

The Battersea Society note:

“The tunnel under (sic) Falcon Road is expected to be made more pedestrian friendly. This is mentioned again under CJ2 and CJ3; but nowhere in the Plan is it stated how this is to be achieved.”

CJAG dedicated a full article on the issue (and gave ideas HERE) a few years ago, maybe officers could have talked to us?

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Local Plan: Site Allocations: CJ3 Land on the corner of Grant Road and Falcon Road, SW11

Author: Cyril Richert

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Protected area for Crossrail up to 2030 … just where the Council is planning to locate a cluster of towers.

This analysis intends to complement the very poor attention given to the site allocation sections in the draft local plan proposed by the Council. For a full information, read our presentation with the list of site allocations that we are describing.

CJ3 Land on the corner of Grant Road and Falcon Road, SW11

There has been no development in this area since the previous 2015 Local Plan, if we except the additional storey built on both the properties at the corner of Grant Road and Flacon Road.

Bramlands site

The current vision presented by the Council is to build a cluster of very tall building on the location. Continue reading

Local Plan: Site Allocations: CJ4 Land at Clapham Junction Station, SW11

Author: Cyril Richert

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Clapham Junction Station – Concept proposal

This analysis intends to complement the very poor attention given to the site allocation sections in the draft local plan proposed by the Council. For a full information, read our presentation with the list of site allocations that we are describing.

CJ4 Land at Clapham Junction Station, SW11

It is worth mentioning that a concept proposal was published in 2019 for the full redevelopment of Clapham Junction station and wider area. The plans were developed by consultants Mott MacDonald, contractor Laing O’Rourke and architect Hawkins Brown, and is at this early stage more of a concept of how things could look, rather than the final masterplan of what will be built, according to the well informed ianVisits blog. Continue reading

Local Plan: Site Allocations: CJ5 Winstanley/York Road Regeneration Area, SW11

Author: Cyril Richert

The plans for the Winstanley Estate in Battersea

Winstanley/York Road Regeneration project

This analysis intends to complement the very poor attention given to the site allocation sections in the draft local plan proposed by the Council. For a full information, read our presentation with the list of site allocations that we are describing.

CJ5 Winstanley/York Road Regeneration Area, SW11

A lot has already been written on the Council’s regeneration plan and we have a full dossier about the area. You can specifically refer to our detailed explanation: The full case against Winstanley & York Rd scheme: social cleansing and contempt for local residents.

In a nutshell, we consider the scale of the current proposal as inappropriate for the redevelopment for the area and pushed without the support of the local community. Continue reading

Local Plan: Site Allocations: CJ6 Territorial Army Centre, 27 St John’s Hill, SW11

Author: Cyril Richert

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Territorial Army Centre, Lavender Hill SW11

This analysis intends to complement the very poor attention given to the site allocation sections in the draft local plan proposed by the Council. For a full information, read our presentation with the list of site allocations that we are describing.

CJ6 Territorial Army Centre, 27 St John’s Hill, SW11

The site allocation CJ6 does not exist. The Clapham Junction Action Group propose (once again!) that the Territorial Army centre site should be added as a new site allocation. Continue reading

More density proposed for Homebase and B&Q sites in Wandsworth

Author: Cyril Richert

134_SecchiSmith_HawkinsBrown_Wandsworth_View 03_UpliftOn July 14th, we have been made aware of changes regarding the B&Q site on Smugglers Way and Homebase site on Swandon way (now owned and developed by Legal and General (L&G), with an invitation from their PR agency Cascade to meet. Obviously a meeting in the very middle of the summer holiday is not an ideal timing (unless if you want to avoid attendance). Continue reading

Peabody phase 3: will they listen?

Author: Cyril Richert

plan-phase3The change announced in April 2012 has now materialised. It confirmed the previous announcement that Peabody has selected Mount Anvil as its joint partner for the final phase. As the initial scheme was designed more than 10 years ago, it is sensible to revisit the plans in view of the experience in phase 1 and 2. 

The leaflet they have distributed to present the new project is vague (as a PR exercise, the idea is for the respondent to think they have a say), but Peabody mentioned at a resident steering group early this year that the new application to Wandsworth would involve greater height to the present application. In the meantime, images present an opportunity to reduce the width of the buildings (moving them forward?).

However, they seem to have learned from their experience with phase 2 and dealing with damage made to neighbouring properties in Comyn Road as it says: “Ensure neighbouring buildings are protected“. Continue reading

With climate change, are we taking enough notice of flooding zones?

Author: Cyril Richert

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Part of July saw heavy rain in London, and images of flash flooding made the news headlines. According to BBC news, parts of south-west London including Barnes, Raynes Park and Richmond had been affected.

Two weeks later, the flood become suddenly a main concern in Battersea as areas of Clapham Junction were flooded, such as St Johns Road and Falcon Road (both roads covering the Falconbrook stream running underneath, ironically). Continue reading

Property developers are cash cows for Wandsworth

Author: Cyril Richert

Developer contributions 2020 (CIL+s106)

You won’t be surprised to learn that Wandsworth generates a lot of income from developers, but the scale of the figures is astonishing in comparison to some of our neighbours.

For example, since implementation, Richmond received a cumulative income of £11,6m and £19m for Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC), while Wandsworth got … £150m for the same period. Nearly 8 times more! Continue reading