London Mayor Sadiq Khan approves Wandsworth Homebase redevelopment

By Kasmira Jefford - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 11:05

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DTZ Investors has won planning permission to redevelop the site of a Homebase store in Wandsworth into a residential-led scheme with 385 homes.

Plans for the 2.5 acre site were approved by London mayor Sadiq Khan at a public hearing yesterday and will see the Homebase store demolished to make way for three new buildings on the 2.5 acre site at Swandon Way,  ranging from 8 to 17 storeys.

The scheme designed by Allies and Morrison, consists of 385 residential units, 35% of which will be affordable housing, along with 6,060 sq ft of retail space and 1,776 sq ft of leisure space. 

It will also feature cycle and car parking spaces, community facilities, play space and landscaping such as trees at ground and podium level. Public realm improvements will also be made, including a contribution towards the new entrance to Wandsworth Town Station and a new pedestrian crossing through Swandon Way to the Thames riverside.

JLL is advising DTZ Investors, which in turn is acting on behalf of the National Grid UK Pension Scheme. 

Guy Bransby, JLL’s lead director of planning, development & heritage who obtained the permission, said: “The scheme provides much needed high-quality housing provision which will make a significant contribution to Wandsworth’s housing target. A tremendous amount of consideration was given to this scheme and it complies with planning policy and the Mayor’s guidance on housing. The development offers a good mix and density for the location and we look forward to seeing it develop from here.”

Sadiq Khan took over as the local planning authority in June after Wandsworth Council was minded to refuse the application on the grounds that the proposed 15-storey Station Building would "fail... to integrate with the surrounding townscape".

The developers submitted revised proposals, which in contrast to Wandsworth Council's original concerns, added two extra storeys to the Station Building. Khan argued that "the new buildings would be seen in the context of other large and tall buildings in the surrounding area" and " provides for a well-designed local landmark on the skyline".

However the plans increased the affordable housing from 23% to 35%. 

Wayne Allison, JLL Residential director, project management, who is overseeing the project, added: “We are delighted to have delivered a successful planning consent for DTZi. The project has demanded patience and a strategic approach to integrated project delivery, working closely with JLL experts including Planning, Development and Heritage; Development Consultancy including Land and PRS; Affordable Housing; and Neighbourly Matters. Addressing London’s affordable housing shortage and imperative to deliver successful places is a key focus for our Project Management team and we look forward to ensuring that this exciting project is realised.”

Paul Eaton, partner, Allies and Morrison, concluded: “Designed to be tenure blind, the architecture draws inspiration from the legacy of Edwardian mansions emblematic of London, such as those lining Battersea Park, with a rhythm of contrasting brick and stone forming the backdrop to what can become an engaging and lively streetscape.

“There will be much needed urban design improvements too, as a long divided piece of Wandsworth is stitched together. The resulting ensemble will result in safer, more walkable routes, an attractive mews lined with workspaces for small and medium-sized businesses and an inviting Station Square at Wandsworth Town Station.”

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