Developers LandSec with Invesco have been granted planning consent to convert the 70,000 sq ft store, which has been vacant for a year (apart from a charity Christmas pop-up store) into a leisure hub.
The ground floor will have an electric go karting track, the mezzanine will offer a family entertainment centre and high ropes climbing and the first floor will be used for bowling, indoor golf, darts, pool and basketball with restaurants.
It will certainly bring a new sort of evening economy to Wandsworth Southside which must already be on tenterhooks about the future of the Cineworld complex.
The Inspectors Report, issued on 3 December, has refused to accept the appellant’s case and has refused the appeal. The Inspector based his case largely on the daylight and sunlight reductions which would be caused to neighbouring houses in Ravenslea Road. In addition he cited the planning use as principally workspace in this popular estate which is fully occupied. The harm to the Listed buildings close by and the Conservation Area were also stated as additional grounds for refusal.
The November meeting of the Society on the ever popoular topic of the Wandle attracted a record on line turnout. Emma Broadbent of the SE Rivers Trust gave us a fascinating insight into the work that the Trust are undertaking to naturalise the river and bring back wildlife.
To view a recording of the talk follow https://youtu.be/ebMHuX_vYAk
On Monday 16 November and Friday 20 November at 1pm the WRWA (Western Riverside Waste Authority) are offering on line interactive tours of the recycling site. Details of the tours are on given on the website https://wrwa.gov.uk/schools-adult-groups/online
The proposals in the White Paper attempt to simplify and clarify the planning system. The existing system has been adapted to the changed social, political and economic circumstances over the past 70+ years with mostly beneficial results. This has however resulted in what appears to be an over complicated process.
For a review of the White Paper from the Society’s Planning Group please see the Planning section of this website.