The existing single-storey nursing home building (previously known as Hazel Court) on the site was developed under planning reference: 92/C/0045 which was granted on 17th March 1993 for inter alia ‘new single-storey day centre and residential space for the elderly and mentally infirm’.
The established lawful use of the site is C2 ‘Residential Institutions’ and thus planning permission is required for an alternative use.
Planning permission was previously refused by Wandsworth Council’s planning committee on 21 September 2017 (Application No. 2017/2041) which proposed ‘Demolition of existing building and redevelopment of the site with a part-four, part-five storey building to provide 57 residential units (2 x studio units; 13 x one-bedroom; 38 x two bedroom and 4 x three bedroom) of both private and affordable tenure (Use Class C3),with associated amenity space provision including roof terraces and balconies, together with 3 parking spaces and 76 cycle parking spaces, and associated landscaping and infrastructure works’.
A copy of the Decision Notice and Committee Report is available to download from the Data Room and full planning documentation relating to the previous application (No. 2017/2041) can be downloaded from www.wandsworth.gov.uk/planning.
A Planning Review has been undertaken by Montagu Evans which concludes the following:
- The principle of redeveloping this site, which is currently in Class C2 use, for C3 Dwelling houses has already been put to the Council and the Council did not raise an issue.
- However, the Council refused planning permission for a scheme that it thought was too dominant and which compromised the amenity of existing residents.
- Since that decision regional and national policy has placed additional emphasis on the need to optimise the use of previously-developed land for housing.
- Careful consideration needs to be given to affordable housing requirements in relation to public land in determining the type and amount of development; at present the Mayor’s threshold is 50% to benefit from the ‘fast track’ route and any lower percentage would be subject to viability testing.
A copy of the Planning Review is available to download from the Data Room.
KC+A Architects have explored an alternative scheme design, whilst Point 2 Surveyors have considered potential rights of light impacts. The documents can be downloaded from the Data Room.