Student boost for Clapham Junction

Published: Thursday 23rd September 10

Councillors have backed plans for a fresh wave of inward investment to Clapham Junction town centre after giving the green light to proposals for new student accommodation in the area.

The council's planning application committee has approved plans for 114 studio flats for students attending Imperial College. The accommodation will be built on the site of a disused and derelict building in Winstanley Road.

Each flat will contain a study cum sleeping area, as well as a kitchen and bathroom. The six storey building will also contain a secure bike storage area for 74 bicycles. There will be a handful of off-street parking spaces and the students will not be permitted to buy parking permits for the area's existing controlled parking zone.

Planning applications chairman Cllr Nick Cuff said: "This is good news for shops and business in the town centre who will undoubtedly benefit from the increased trade this development will bring.

"As well as the benefits for local food and grocery shops in Falcon Road, these new residents will no doubt also deliver a welcome boost to the entire night time economy in Clapham Junction town centre, especially its bars and restaurants.

"This investment is another step forward in the ongoing process of regeneration that is well underway in and around Clapham Junction."

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