Battersea Society responds to proposals for Clapham Junction development

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Twin skyscrapers in Clapham JunctionProposals by Delancey for the Clapham Junction Station Approach site were presented at an exhibition on the site in January 2008. Members of the Battersea Society took part in a discussion about them with the developers’ agents and architects. This response has been produced and agreed by the society’s Planning Sub-Committee to reflect the concerns of members about these proposals. The full document can be found (pdf format) by clicking here.
In summary the Society’s response points out that there is an urgent need for an overall vision for Battersea Town Centre, extending to 2020 and beyond. As a minimum this should cover St John’s Road, St John’s Hill, Lavender Hill, Falcon Road and Grant Road. Wandsworth Borough Council, as local planning authority, is responsible for ensuring a masterplan is produced.

  • Decisions about redevelopment of the Station Approach site should be made in the context of this vision and masterplan. A key aim must be to revitalise the shopping centre.
  • The station must be made to function properly as a major transport interchange, not only for people changing trains, but for those changing to and from other modes of transport. That means there must be radical improvements for bus passengers together with the provision of secure cycle parking on a large scale.
  • Any major housing development must include affordable housing, including some family housing.
  • Clapham Junction station is a landmark site, but the proposed towers (shown upper right in an artist’s impression) are excessively high.

If you have any comments or questions about this proposal or the Battersea Society’s response, please get in touch with the Battersea Society.

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