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Nagan Johnson wins approval for Clapham development after three-year struggle

After three years of battling, Nagan Johnson Architects has finally won planning permission for its mixed-use scheme in south London.

Located in the conservation area of St John's Hill in Clapham Junction, the development will comprise a restaurant and bar, a nightclub, a spa and 12 apartments, and will replace an existing building which will be demolished.

According to the practice, Wandsworth Council would only approve planning consent for a renovation of the existing building, and was 'less than enthusiastic' about the residential space above a nightclub.

Planners were also understood to be unhappy with the 'horizontal' emphasis of the design and the overall density and height of the building.

The original planning application was refused and an appeal was lodged by Nagan Johnson. The appeal inspector accepted the modern design, but declined planning as the project did not comply with the vertical nature of its surroundings.

This was then addressed and the practice was granted planning permission last month.

The existing building is currently a take-away restaurant and amusement arcade, with a nightclub above taking over the top two floors.

Nagan Johnson's scheme will see the nightclub relocated to the basement, a restaurant and bar on the ground floor, with a glazed facade, and the first floor incorporated into a health spa, with twelve flats above and a penthouse at the top of the building.

by Richard Vaughan

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