Wandsworth Council will have to defend its refusal of plans to redevelop the site of the Tooting Constitutional Club at a planning inquiry.
The council refused the application in October 2015. The developer is now appealing that decision to the Planning Inspectorate.
The plans would produce a five storey building containing 39 flats, office and comunity space in place of the existing building. The council believes it is inappropriate and over-dominant.
Wandsworth’s planning chairman Cllr Sarah McDermott said: “The developer’s plans were denied permission in October because we felt they were overly dominant and out of character with the rest of the street scene and would have a detrimental impact on a nearby listed building.
“We do not believe these plans are appropriate for this site and will be doing all we can to persuade the inspector that our decision in October was the right one.”
An earlier scheme was refused by councillors in May 2015 – a decision confirmed by a subsequent appeal.
The club has Asset of Community Value (ACV) status.