Redevelopment of B&Q site to provide 500 jobs and nearly 200 affordable homes

Published: Friday 26th January 18

Councilllors have approved plans for a large scale housing and retail development on the B&Q superstore site in Wandsworth that will deliver up to 500 new jobs and nearly 200 affordable homes.

Last night’s planning committee (Thursday) granted permission for the redevelopment of this large 1.4 hectare site, including the store’s car park.

The large warehouse-style store will be replaced with 13 new housing blocks containing 517 new homes and more than 8,000 square metres of business, retail and restaurant space.

The scheme includes 184 affordable homes – representing 35 per cent of the total number being built.

A minimum of 52 units will be offered for low cost rent with rents starting in the region of £120 a week inclusive of any service charge.

The remaining affordable homes will be offered to first time buyers on a shared ownership basis. Among those eligible will be households with a combined gross annual income of £47,000.

All will have access to private outdoor amenity space including balconies, winter gardens or a terrace. The developers will also be providing a sizeable outdoor playground for young children.

The developer is also proposing to plant a total of 174 new trees to replace 50 that would be lost during construction. In total the finished site will contain 192 trees including 18 already growing there that will not be affected by the works.

The developers will also be required to provide £110,000 to fund improvements at Wandsworth Town Station and provide their own on-site car parking spaces. Residents living in the new homes will not be eligible to buy permits for the area’s existing parking zones, ensuring that existing residents living nearby do not face increased parking pressure.

Councillors also heard that the site’s new buildings will be barely visible from the important patchwork of streets that make up The Tonsleys once the nearby Homebase site is redeveloped. Plans for this adjacent piece of land were initially rejected by the council but approved last October by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Council leader Ravi Govindia said: “As a result of negotiations with the developer we have secured a good scheme for this large and prominent site in Swandon Way which will not only deliver 184 affordable homes but also hundreds of new jobs for our residents.”

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Recent comments

I agree with the comments regarding the 2 DIY store closures but my main concern is that we do not need a new entrance to the station, we need more or longer trains stopping at the station. The station is incredibly busy after 7.15am and with 3 more developments (PC World site over the river will also bring more passengers) in addition to the new residents of the flats in the Ram Quarter it will be impossible to get on a train. Please ignore the comment about the view from the Tonsleys, the only reason the B&Q site will not be visible is because the Homebase tower blocks will be in the way!
Jo

13 May 2018

Another local asset is swept away before the mighty developers in exchange for the standard 'trade beads'. So local residents are supposed to do all their shopping on line now and just go home to sleep? And what about all the local tradesmen who rely on places like B&Q for supplies? And how many of the '500 jobs' will not be for itinerant construction workers? Dumb, short-sighted move. Wandsworth will end up a featureless dormitory town.
Alexander

1 February 2018

With all chances of employment in Wandsworth going with loss off 2x Homebase & B&Q - where is the employment going to come from to support the purchasing of all these new flats (although I accept the fact they are no way affordable)??
Elizabeth D

29 January 2018

This is just empty talk if the housing is not truly affordable to people on lower wages. Where are these people going to find a roof over their heads? Does it mean that some of the key workers will have to cram into rented property so that the rent for each is not crippling? Many work anti-social hours and long commutes from outer suburbs in the dead of night is unfair and unnecessary given proper provision. One of the glories of Wandsworth used to be its mixed social fabric. This is being eroded at an alarming rate. This madness really needs to stop.
anthony bennett

28 January 2018

Back hander could be a possibility
Grahame Rees

28 January 2018

Back hander could be a possibility
Grahame Rees

28 January 2018

I'm glad to see the volume of objections to this scheme. One doesn't want to discourage the construction of 'affordable' housing, but the closure of both DIY stores and the failure of the developers to provide more than a token £110,000 to improve Wandsworth Town station (no mention of other infrastructure plans) show that the Council planning committee cannot be trusted with the interests of existing residents. Still, we can sleep easy with the knowledge that the residents of the Tonsleys will not have their view impaired...
Nigel Algar

27 January 2018

Homebase and B&Q gone. Where are existing residents, let alone all the new ones, supposed to buy those everyday, useful things now? But "the buildings will be barely visible from the important patchwork of streets that make up The Tonsleys", so that's OK then!
Sue Jones

27 January 2018

In what way does this proposed development benefit people already living in Wandsworth? If this continues we will soon have to go out of Wandsworth for our regular shopping, leisure activities and a bit of sun. They probably will take Homebase out too? Please stop this madness, and instead improve what we have so the Council can contribute to improving the quality of life and opportunities for the neighbours of Battersea.
Lola

27 January 2018

In what way does this proposed development benefit people already living in Wandsworth? If this continues we will soon have to go out of Wandsworth for our regular shopping, leisure activities and a bit of sun. They probably will take Homebase out too? I would propose instead improving what we have so the Council can contribute to improving the quality of life and opportunities for the neighbours of Battersea.
Lola

27 January 2018

This is a ridiculous decision for all the reasons folk have mentioned. However I’m especially looking forward to seeing what £110k gets you in terms of rail station improvements. Not a great deal, I suspect, so what exactly is the infrastructure improvement plan to go alongside this, Wandsworth council? And where is it?
Tom Cloke

27 January 2018

It would be great if this new development could be linked to the Homebase site by a foot bridge spanning Swandon Way. It would also serve as a safety feature particularly given that proposals include a children's playground.
paul birtwistle

27 January 2018

More unaffordable housing - even more congestion. That's now all the DIY stores removed from the Wandsworth Bridge area - really helpfull for all us locals - where is the nearest DIY store now - A car journey away ???. What will happen to all the staff in these stores - unemployed ??? - bet they're thanking the council.
Liz D

27 January 2018

Astonishing decision. Wandsworth Town station is already unusable until after 9am; it’s just going to get worse.
Will

26 January 2018

I have no idea what these planners are thinking! We are loosing all our local amenities for more housing with thousands of new residents to clog up the already stretched council services. Yes all these people bring in council tax pounds but bit by bit the borough gets less appealing. The train station can’t cope as it is, we need more trains before a new entrance. The line about the tonsleys view is laughable. I can see the conservatives loosing Wandsworth Council at this rate.
Ian

26 January 2018

Affordable homes?! There's no such thing as an affordable home in London! If the price was reasonable, it would immediately be bought by a property developer for cash, and then flipped. 1 hour round trip to Norwood B&Q (next closest B&Q), assuming you have a car. This is a terrible decision! Councils are being starved of so much cash, it seems that they have few options but to liquidate all of their communities assets to the private sector. Still, if people keep voting for Conservative politicians, it's obviously what people want. Democracy in action...
Andrew Davis

26 January 2018

This article is hilarious, clearly the developers paid them to write it. My favourite bit is the comment "the site’s new buildings will be barely visible from the important patchwork of streets that make up The Tonsleys once the nearby Homebase site is redeveloped", yes because all that will be seen will be the ridiculously high buildings being built at Homebase. The station is over-crowded at rush hour already & the Ram residents have not arrived yet let alone Homebase & B&Q ones. I don't care about a pretty entrance to the station if I cannot get on a train, hopefully I will have given up work before these all get finished.
J Moore

26 January 2018

Ridiculous that Wandsworth looses not just Homebase but b&q as well.. To line the pockets of developers as well as cash strapped Wandsworth council. What is going to happen to the waste depot? Is this too going to be sold off!!!??
Mark James

26 January 2018

I second the comments about 1) the loss of both DIY stores and consequent need to drive further. And 2) housing needs are for truly affordable housing not luxury accommodation. Will the new home owners push to get rid of the waste/recycling facilities?
D Smith

26 January 2018

So no Homebase and no B&Q in Wandsworth now - not very helpful.
Sue Nickson

26 January 2018

So both B&Q and Homebase are being redeveloped in Wandsworth? Great, so now we have to drive even further to reach a DIY store. With the number of developments in Wandsworth already, do they really need to squeeze in more luxury flats?! All this does is serve to increase the already congested roads and stations. No parallel increase in infrastructure therefore we all end up living like crowded rats!
A Siddiqui

26 January 2018

Bad idea, this council is not doing against this wild gentrification of the borough, with plenty of luxury apartments built and replacing parking lots, diy stores and further congesting traffic and density of population. The affordable scheme is just a scam, meaning that, out of 184 units, only 52 will be considered affordable and "starting from" 120£ per week. From a quality of life perspective, London has gotten much much worse in the last 10 years alone.
Stefano

26 January 2018