Planning approved to transform former Homebase store in Wandsworth into residential led scheme

On behalf of DTZ Investors, JLL has secured planning permission for a residential-led, mixed use development at Swandon Way in Wandsworth.  Demolition of the existing Homebase store will make way for the construction of three buildings ranging from 8 to 17 storeys.

The scheme, designed by Allies and Morrison, consists of 385 residential units, 35% of which will be affordable housing, along with 563 sq m of retail space and 165 sq m of leisure area will be provided.

The development will also feature cycle and car parking spaces, community facilities, play space and landscaping such as trees at ground and podium level. Public realm improvements will also be made, including a contribution towards the new entrance to Wandsworth Town Station and a new pedestrian crossing through Swandon Way to the Thames riverside.

Guy Bransby, JLL’s lead director of Planning, Development & Heritage who obtained the permission, said:

“The scheme provides much needed high-quality housing provision which will make a significant contribution to Wandsworth’s housing target.  A tremendous amount of consideration was given to this scheme and it complies with planning policy and the Mayor’s guidance on housing. The development offers a good mix and density for the location and we look forward to seeing it develop from here.”

Wayne Allison, JLL Residential director, Project Management, who is overseeing the project, added:

“We are delighted to have delivered a successful planning consent for DTZi. The project has demanded patience and a strategic approach to integrated project delivery, working closely with JLL experts including Planning, Development and Heritage; Development Consultancy including Land and PRS; Affordable Housing; and Neighbourly Matters.  Addressing London’s affordable housing shortage and imperative to deliver successful places is a key focus for our Project Management team and we look forward to ensuring that this exciting project is realised.”

Paul Eaton, partner, Allies and Morrison, concluded:

“Designed to be tenure blind, the architecture draws inspiration from the legacy of Edwardian mansions emblematic of London, such as those lining Battersea Park, with a rhythm of contrasting brick and stone forming the backdrop to what can become an engaging and lively streetscape.  

“There will be much needed urban design improvements too, as a long divided piece of Wandsworth is stitched together. The resulting ensemble will result in safer, more walkable routes, an attractive mews lined with workspaces for small and medium-sized businesses and an inviting Station Square at Wandsworth Town Station.”