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

Published: 26 January 2018

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.”