Ram plans get endorsement

Ram_Brewery_July 2013Communities secretary Eric Pickles and London Mayor Boris Johnson have both endorsed plans for the redevelopment of the Ram Brewery which it is hoped will create 661 new homes and more than 500 permanent jobs.

The mayor and the secretary of state have both formally confirmed that they are happy for the landmark scheme to proceed meaning that the redevelopment of this vacant large town centre site has now moved a step closer.

Around 266 construction jobs will be generated when work gets underway on the site. Hundreds more will be generated by the opening of nearly 11,000 square metres of office space, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

The site’s historic buildings will be restored and brought into public use as a new micro-brewery and brewing museum.

The banks of the River Wandle will be opened up and a network of public squares and footpaths would run through the site and around the heritage buildings. Approximately 1.2 hectares of new public open space will be created.

The £16.5m community infrastructure levy (CIL) payment associated with the development may go towards a redesign of the Wandsworth one-way-system, say the council.

Most of the new homes will be provided in a 36-storey residential tower. Ten per cent of the new homes will be affordable and will be offered to low income families in the borough.

The scheme was approved by the council’s planning committee in July.

Wandsworth’s planning chairman Cllr Nick Cuff said: “This large town centre site is full of empty buildings and surrounded by high brick walls and locked gates. These proposals will open it up to the public by making it a popular leisure and commercial quarter. It will also deliver hundreds of new homes and jobs.”

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