Ram Brewery redevelopment approved

Published: Wednesday 24th July 13

Councillors have approved plans to redevelop the Ram Brewery in Wandsworth Town which would create 661 new homes and more than 500 permanent jobs.

Ram Brewery Heritage buildings LR webAround 266 construction jobs would also be generated while the derelict site is being brought back into use. The brewery, which was a major local employer, stopped wholesale production several years ago.

The approved plans include a 36-storey residential tower, as well as more than 10,683 square metres of commercial space including new shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

The site's historic buildings will be restored and brought into public use as a new micro-brewery and brewing museum.

The banks of the River Wandle would be opened up and a network of public squares and footpaths would run through the site and around the heritage buildings. Approximately 1.2 hectares of new public open space will be created.

The developers will pay around £16.5m in community infrastructure levy (CIL) which could go towards a redesign of the Wandsworth one-way-system.

This heavily congested gyratory cuts the town centre in two and blights the high street with four lanes of traffic. The council is working with TfL to develop a new road system which would rechannel through traffic and reconnect both side of the town.

Ten per cent of the new homes would be affordable units with priority going to existing Wandsworth residents. If the value of the private accommodation rises the developer will provide a further £1.2 payment towards building more affordable housing in the local area.

Nick Cuff, Wandsworth Council's planning chairman, said:

"The brewery site forms a gaping hole in the very centre of Wandsworth Town, surrounded by walls, locked gates and derelict buildings. This development would open it up as a new pedestrian quarter complete with riverside walks, public square and fantastic heritage attractions like a museum and micro-brewery.  The new walking routes it offers would really help to join up the town centre.

"This project also comes with a £16m infrastructure payment which we want to channel into a redesign of the gyratory. Removing through traffic from the high street would be another major lift for Wandsworth Town and trigger another wave of new investment. The Mayor and Transport for London can see the benefits and we are working together to try and make it happen."

View the application documents online at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/planning - search for reference 2012/5286.

Regenerating Wandsworth Town

Wandsworth Town is going through a dramatic change of identity which has already seen the creation of hundreds of new homes and major improvements to the town centre. Several major developments are currently underway including:

Southside Shopping Centre  - the transformation of Southside has brought dozens of popular fashion chains to the town centre along with a 14-screen Cineworld, Waitrose and Virgin Active health club. Owner Metro Shopping Fund has recently announced a pre-let to Debenhams, which will be the town's first department store. This letting will kick-start a £40m redevelopment of part of the complex, which is due to complete in 2015.

The Filaments
- comprising two adjacent sites just of Wandsworth High Street - this scheme will feature a total of 416 homes as well as 7,276 square metres of commercial/retail space and 182 parking spaces. The scheme will also provide new public space, a private garden and waters features. It includes new pedestrian links between King George's Park and the high street.

Sainsbury's Garratt Lane - the project is creating a larger supermarket with improved customer toilets, baby changing facilities, new ATMs and a click and collect counter. The scheme also includes a new Premier Inn Hotel for the town centre and new shop units for other retailers. There will also be a new café, learning centre and Shopmobility service for disabled customers. More than 200 new jobs will be created across the site.

Battersea Reach
- this once derelict industrial estate to the east of Wandsworth Bridge has been transformed with hundreds of new homes, a new stretch of Thames riverside walk, public open spaces, bars, cafés, restaurants, shops as well as health and leisure facilities.

Wandsworth Riverside Quarter - this mixed-use development includes hundreds of homes, public spaces, a riverside walk and a range of commercial space including shops, cafes restaurants and offices. This site is located just to the west of Wandsworth Bridge where the River Wandle meets the Thames.

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Recent comments

What a brilliant proposal finally Wandsworth is getting some much needed regeneration from people who know what they're doing, as a local resident I applaud the council for this decision which will make the area more upmarket from it's current state which lets face it isn't brilliant. I notice none of the below comments are positive all moaning residents with more time than sense....
Christian Dale

17 December 2013

More depressing news from our Council. The story above shows a photo of the redeveloped site but it leaves out the 36 story tower block that will dominate the development. They mention further investment as a result of this going through. There certainly will be but unfortunately it will be more 30-60 story tower blocks all over Wandsworth. What a disaster.
Dan Bown

12 August 2013

Did Wandsworth learn nothing from the T.Dan Smith/Sydney Sporle errors of the 1960s? The 22-storey block on the Winstanley Estate has represented its share of the problems of high-rise living since then. Maybe some of the planners will choose to take up residence in the new "36-storey residential tower" for a taster?
Celia Blair

25 July 2013

The approval of this scheme in the face of many objections, not least about the height of the tower and the comments from EH about its effect on the local heritage, gives me great concern. As a local resident opposed to the similar overdevelopment of the currently open playing fields of the former Elliott school, I am concerned that approving this scheme has shown just how unsympathetic the council planning committee is to local opinion if they can see the gleam of profit (not least from the council and mayor's CIL) in the scheme and the chance to impose yet more high-density, high-rise housing in the borough. The infrastructure can't cope and it is destroying the pleasant openness that has characterised the area and made it so attractive.
Caroline

24 July 2013

This PR includes the positive effects. At the Planning C'tee those who voted for ignored English Heritage's opinion that the 36 storey tower would harm listed buildings. Much of the development would remain unoccupied because of the major safety issues from the gas holder. The development breaks a local planning policies, not just of height. The impact on Wandsworth station will be considerable. The amount of parking is inadequate. The acceptance of just 11 affordable housing is derisory. Yes, some improvements. But, as the local amenity societies and MP said, at far too high a cost.
Nicholas Evans

24 July 2013