Go-ahead for 106-home west London industrial estate revamp

Plans for the mixed-use redevelopment of a west London industrial estate have been approved after planners advised that the scheme would deliver a policy-compliant level of affordable housing and a "significant increase" in industrial floorspace.

A visualisation of part of the finished scheme (pic: TR Property Investment Trust)
A visualisation of part of the finished scheme (pic: TR Property Investment Trust)

Last week, the London Borough of Wandsworth granted full planning consent for the redevelopment of the Ferrier Street Industrial Estate which sits adjacent to Wandsworth Town railway station.

The application, submitted by TR Property Investment Trust, sought consent for the demolition of existing buildings on the site and the construction of 5,826 square metres of light industrial use, 5,078 square metres of flexible business use, 106 residential units and 213 square metres of retail use.

According to a planning report, the site is allocated within the council’s Employment and Industry Document (2018) "for mixed-use development to include both residential and economic uses with the redevelopment of the site to provide at least a 25 per cent increase in the amount of industrial (uses classes B1c/B2/B8/Sui Generis) and office (use class B1a) floorspace".

It advised that the proposals would deliver "a significant increase" in B1c industrial floorspace (63 per cent) as well as the provision of 5,078 square metres of B1a office floorspace.

The report added that the development would also accommodate 106 residential units "including 42.2 per cent affordable by habitable rooms, 38.7 per cent by units "which again, is welcomed in policy terms and housing delivery".

Planners concluded that the affordable housing rate was "in accordance with the requirements of the site allocation and housing delivery".

The document said that, whilst the proposal "would result in a marked change to the area with a number of ‘tall buildings’, the design of the buildings are considered appropriate and meet the requirements of [local planning policy on tall buildings] whilst also continuing to preserve the newly designated Old York Road Conservation Area and causing less than substantial harm to nearby heritage assets".

The application was approved.

A Planning article examining what the co-location of industrial and housing uses means for planning can be read here. 

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