Wandsworth’s planning committee has rejected Trust Real Estate and Savills Investment Management’s plans for a large housing and retail development in the heart of Putney town centre.
Councillors threw out the application for an L-shaped development site fronting both Putney High Street and Putney Bridge Road known locally as Leveller’s Court.
The plans would have delivered 116 new homes, including affordable housing, as well as a row of 8 mews style houses to the rear of Burstock Road, along with green walls along Putney High Street and Putney Bridge Road, a landscaped public courtyard at first floor level, a cafe, and community space. It would also have provided a new pedestrian connection through the site from Putney Bridge Road, some office space, and retail space on Putney High Street.
The Council were unhappy that the scheme would reduce the amount of existing retail and business space and would include a ten storey building, with what they thought were inadequate benefits for the community. They concluded that the plans would be “an inappropriate form of development…. unduly dominant and detrimental to the streetscape”.
Planning committee chairman Cllr Will Sweet said: “This was not a well designed scheme and would not have sat well in the town centre. It would have had a detrimental effect on the high street and its appearance and there were simply not enough pros to overcome the many cons associated with this application.”