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Patel Taylor's Battersea housing goes in for planning

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An affordable-housing development designed by Patel Taylor as part of the Battersea Power Station regeneration project has been submitted for planning

The proposals, billed as phase 4a of the redevelopment of the London landmark, would see 374 apartments delivered in seven blocks of up to 18 storeys in height on the site of Sleaford Industrial Estate. They also include a new healthcare centre and business incubatorspace.

The application marks a change of plan for a chunk of the affordable housing project backer Battersea Power Station Development Corporation (BPSDC) is required to deliver for the overall regeneration scheme. The proposals effectively move the provision of low-cost homes off-site from the original masterplan area consented by Wandsworth Council.

Project consultants DP9 said in a planning statement that BPSDC wanted to relocate some of its affordable housing obligations because work on the Thames Tideway Tunnel and Northern Line Extension would ‘present challenges’ to its delivery schedule.

The document said that while the social-housing scheme would ‘form part of the masterplan in terms of the approach to place-making and delivery as part of the applicant’s wider estate’ a new stand-alone application was required. The social-housing delivered by phase 4a was originally due to be part of the phase 4 site north of Battersea Park Road (see phasing-plan image).

A BPSDC spokeswoman said re-siting phase 4a would provide an 64 more homes than would have been the case on the previously designated site, and allow the scheme to be delivered three years earlier than had previously been planned.

When the phase 4a scheme was unveiled for pre-application consultation earlier this year, Pankaj Patel said the scheme would deliver ‘a new garden square for London’that lined with a terrace of homes’offering outstanding residential quality and views of the dynamic London skyline’.

The sites originally intended for phase 4a’s social housing are expected to be developed as private residential apartments.

Sketch of phase 4a of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment

Sketch of Patel Taylor Architects’ plans for phase 4a of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment



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