Plans to replace Homebase, Swanden Way, by several residential buildings

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Author: Cyril Richert

drawingPlanning application 2015/6608 is proposing the demolition of existing Homebase building and erection of three buildings ranging from 9 to 17 storeys with basement to provide a mixed use scheme including 324 residential units, 580 sq.m. of retail units, 244 sq.m. of crèche/day nursery and 1636 sq.m. of studio/office space, with associated cycle parking spaces and 101 car parking spaces, playspace, landscaping and public realm improvements (including contribution towards a new northern entrance to Wandsworth Town Station).

Most objections already received say (to quote 2 examples)

at 17 stories the main tower is far too high and will overshadow and dominate the village atmosphere on Old York Road, which survives as an enclave because of its environmental atmosphere. Other local high developments are not visible from Old York Road in this way. The development should be restricted to 7-9 stories maximum.”


“The commuter rail service from Wandsworth Town is pathetically poor for the area and is not fit for purpose based on its current capacity. Goodness knows how the service (and more importantly, the people) will cope once the the Ram Brewery development opens! Approving this would be akin to sanctioning disaster zone every weekday morning at the train station. Lastly, simply to walk down Old York Road will tell you all you need to know about how this development will ruin the ‘village vibe’ of the area”

The plan was initially going to include a 25 storey tower but was reduced later on.

As usual (but who bothers anymore?) this plan is in contradiction to the Council’s planning documents (SSAD), saying:

3.6 Homebase, Swandon Way, SW18
Tall buildings: In accordance with Core Strategy Policy IS3d, tall buildings in this location are likely to be inappropriate. In accordance with DMPD Policy DMS4, the height at which a development in this location will be considered to be tall is 9 storeys.

You can comment on the proposal until 18th January. Alas we know already the consideration given by Wandsworth Council to any consultation… the leader of Wandsworth Council mocked recently more than 800 objectors, saying they represent only  0.27% of the total borough population!

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CJI editor and Clapham Junction Action Group co-founder and coordinator since 2008, Cyril has lived in Clapham Junction since 2001.
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