Wandsworth Council’s planning officers have recommended approval for Sergison Bates’s revised plans to replace a set of industrial buildings in Clapham with nine homes
Developer Marston Properties picked the practice to deliver the brick-clad urban infill scheme, which will see the demolition of the one-time headquarters of the Besom Foundation in Crosland Place, following an architectural competition in 2016.
However Sergison Bates’s original application for the backland plot was refused last December on the grounds of ‘excessive height and close proximity to windows serving habitable rooms [which] would result in an unacceptable impact on their living conditions through a harmful loss of received daylight’.
According to the planners, these issues have now been addressed with the latest designs ‘reduced in scale, specifically in the north-eastern corner of the application site by setting the first-floor element back from the northern elevation by 3.6m’.
Two of the homes have also been shrunk, from 114m² to 80m² and from 109m² to 71m² respectively.
Even so, the reworked proposals have received 19 objections, with Conservative councillor Guy Senior claiming the scheme remained ’simply too big’, ’fundamentally flawed’ and did ‘not address the previous issues of overlooking and loss of privacy’.
The project creates a mix of one, two, and three bedroom private rental flats, each with its own private terrace. It is due to go to planning committee later today (24 May)
Serigson crosland place model
Marston has worked previously with Sergison Bates, on the conversion of a derelict 19th-century dairy into craft workshops and a holiday home in Bridport, Dorset.
The practice’s senior partner Stephen Bates said: ‘We are delighted to be working with Marston Properties again after our previous successful collaboration. The new project involves a complex urban infill site and we are excited by the potential for making a courtyard development with a strong emphasis on a sense of place and landscape.’
Aerial view sergison bates crosland