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Council rejects Alan Camp’s Battersea candle factory redevelopment

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Alan Camp Architects’ has been refused planning permission for its £17 million project to redevelop the former Prices Candles Factory in Battersea, south London

The 116-apartment mixed-use project was refused by local authority Wandsworth Council’s planning committee because it failed to provide enough affordable housing.

The planning application received a several objections including a 132-signature petition from local residents and criticism from the Battersea Society.

Wandsworth planning chairman councillor Nick Cuff said: ‘The number of homes set aside for shared ownership was too low. A wider package of community benefits was included in the application but it did not adequately compensate.

‘This is a largely derelict site with clear potential for housing development but any new proposal that comes before this committee must offer a higher proportion of affordable homes and be of exceptional design quality.’

The project involved the demolition of parts of the historic Prices Candles Factory building. The scheme featured 116 homes including 17 affordable dwellings.

A spokesperson for Alan Camp Architects said: ‘The committee took a view that the social housing was not adequate, despite the support and recommendation of the officer’s report. 

‘The design was supported both by the Council’s and GLA design officers , who had reviewed the scheme in detail. However some of the members considered that the proposal was a storey too high and required further articulation onto York Road.

‘Alan Camp Architects are obviously very disappointed especially as we had received planning approval last week on a more contentious site for a 16 storey scheme set on a listed wharf in Greenwich, on the basis that the design was considered exceptional.’ 

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