Public’s view sought on Earlsfield regeneration scheme

Published: Tuesday 29th October 13

The council has launched a public consultation into ambitious plans to regenerate and revitalise a stretch of Garratt Lane in Earlsfield.

The centrepiece of the proposals is for a new primary school to be built on the site of the soon-to-be vacant Atheldene Centre, but there is scope for a wider regeneration scheme in this part of Earlsfield that could deliver new homes, shops, jobs and a modern community healthcare facility to replace the ageing Brocklebank health centre.

As well as the Atheldene Centre, the council owns a number of adjacent buildings which are all vacant and surplus to requirements.

These buildings, which are located in Wilna Road, Atheldene Road and Waverton Road, are in a generally poor condition and their replacement with smart new homes would help revitalise the area.

And if a new community healthcare facility is included as a replacement for the Brocklebank it creates the opportunity to provide a wider range of health services than is currently possible in the existing centre.

If the schemes are approved following the public consultation the work would be carried out in three separate phases.

Phase one would see the construction of a new primary school on the Atheldene site along with an adjacent nursery. The school would eventually cater for 420 pupils, alongside a nursery with spaces for 50 toddlers.

The aim would be to open this new primary school in September 2015. This would help meet the rising demand for local school places from parents in the area. In Earlsfield ward the number of babies born each year has grown from 225 in 2003 to 354 in 2011 - a 57 per cent increase. Between 2002 and 2011 the borough's birth rate overall rose from 4,080 per annum to 5,477
 
The Atheldene site is also big enough to include a small residential development on land fronting Oakshaw Road.

The Atheldene centre will become vacant in the early part of 2014 when the older people who currently attend it will be able to enjoy vastly improved facilities at a new, modernised and fully equipped day centre at Church Lane in Tooting.

Phase two of the scheme would see the construction of around 26 new houses and 43 flats on land currently occupied by the vacant and unattractive council-owned buildings in Wilna Road, Waverton Road and Atheldene Road.

This would improve the area's visual amenity by restoring the original street pattern and layout by extending the terraces in Atheldene Road and Winfrith Road and reinstating the link from Wilna Road to Garratt Lane.

Phase three of the scheme could provide a modern health centre, replacement shops and up to 75 flats on land at the corner of Swaffield Road and Garratt Lane, which is currently occupied by the existing 1960's-built health centre, shops and a car park.

Council leader Ravi Govindia said: "This is a golden opportunity to revitalise and improve this somewhat neglected part of Garratt Lane.

"There is now the prospect of some serious investment to replace the frankly shabby and unattractive council-owned buildings in this corner of Earlsfield with a new state-of-the-art health centre, a much needed primary school, better shops and smart new modern family homes and apartments.

"Of course, the central element is the new school which is absolutely vital if we are to continue to meet the demand for school places from local parents. The need for additional primary places in this part of the borough is particularly acute and we would be ducking our responsibilities if we did not take proper steps to provide extra classrooms.

"However, none of this is a done deal. What we need to hear now are the views of local people. That is why it is so important that they take part in this public consultation. It is the views of local people that will help shape any future plans for this part of the borough."

The council has delivered newsletters to 1,800 households in the area providing detailed information about the proposals.

Local residents will also be able to find out more special public information session that is being staged at the Atheldene Centre between 5pm and 8pm on Wednesday, November 13.

People can discuss the proposals by phoning Andy Algar on (020) 8871 6075 and can email comments to aalgar@wandsworth.gov.uk.

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Recent comments

The council should work with the police to stop drug dealing on the corner of Furmage Street and Garrat Lane as well as the flats above the betting shop, hence cleaning up the wider area to complement the regeneration. It would be useful if the council would install some from electronic paypoint to pay council tax, fines etc at the new proposed development.
Kaleem Ahmad Nasir Mirza

4 November 2013

I will be attending the consultation on 13 Nov 13. As a resident of Wandsworth for 60 years I am now beginning to see more developments of higher densities, beyond human scale and short of on site amenity space.This is the sort of intensification is forecast in e.g. the LDF, and in the case of schools expansion, the justifications given were "it is a statutory duty to provide school places" -so it will be to accommodate a rising population in Wandsworth. Lastly, too many of the Planning Consultations (on line) offer only the vaguest of architectural sketches, this is not good enough to form an adequate reply, an example being 2013/5043, etc, etc.
Mr. Bernd Max Williams

3 November 2013

This is an excellent idea and perfect for that part of Garratt Lane.
Ben Virgo

31 October 2013

This is a good idea, however the council should complement the proposal with public realm improvements along Garret Lane, Swaffield Street and Kimber road.
Kaleem Ahmad Nasir Mirza

31 October 2013

The need for a new school and better use of these sites is long overdue. The eventual success of the proposals will be in the fine detail and in local community approval of them. Parking is going to need very serious consideration if there is to be any substantial increase in the number of homes.
Celia Blair

30 October 2013

I think that is a brilliant idea overall and will really will revitalise the area. Obviously the parking situation will be an aspect to tackle.
Mike H

29 October 2013