FAQs

Residential & Commercial

How big is the site?

The site is 1.81 Hectares, or 4.47 acres.

What is being proposed on the site?

School:
New 2 form entry Primary School including Early Years accommodation. This replaces the existing 1.5 form entry Primary School on the site.

New homes:
We are proposing 290 new homes on the site.

Commercial units:
Approx. 3,676sq/m of commercial floorspace, some of this floorspace will be provided within restored railway arches.

Public space:
Improvements to public realm with east-west and north-south routes created through the site and a new public space created around the existing railway arches.

New pedestrian route:
Improved connectivity between Queenstown Road and Battersea Park railway stations to be available during station operating hours.

What is the proposed height of the new development?

The development will include a variety of building heights to create a varied townscape and respond to surrounding context. Three taller buildings are proposed of 12, 14 and 18 storeys.

How many new homes are you proposing and how many of these will be affordable?

290 new homes are being proposed.  We are aiming to deliver 15% affordable housing which is in accordance with planning policy for the Nine Elms Opportunity Area.

What are the benefits of the proposals for the existing community?

The proposals will regenerate a currently neglected and under-utilised part of Battersea delivering a new village centre which will provide new homes; business and retail accommodation; and a brand new 2 form entry Primary School to replace the existing St. Mary’s RC Primary School. The site will improve pedestrian and cycle links in the area as well as improve the environment and connectivity between Queenstown Road and Battersea Park railway stations.

What are your proposals for the railway arches/commercial spaces?

It is proposed that the existing railway arches will be restored and converted for a variety of commercial uses. These will lend themselves well for small business units for local companies and small retail units to support both new and existing residents in the area, as has been seen in successful railway arch redevelopment schemes at Hoxton and Bankside.

How will the developers engage with the local community on the plans?

The development team is committed to consultation with the local community. A public exhibition will be held in December at the school and we will write to local residents, businesses, staff, parents and key stakeholders in advance to let you know about the dates.

This website so you can to view the proposals. The website will be updated throughout the project. If you would like to be kept informed about the proposals, please sign up for updates.

In the meantime, if you are a member of a local group, a near neighbour or tenant with a particular interest in development, please contact us as we would be happy to discuss our plans and arrange a meeting with you. Contact Emma Waterfall at Cascade Communications on 020 7871 3565 or email consultation@cascadepr.co.uk

Construction

How will traffic be managed during the construction period?

As a responsible developer, during the construction phase of the development, we will give careful consideration to those living close by. A full construction traffic management will be agreed in advance with LB Wandsworth. Wheel-washing equipment will be installed to prevent soil being transferred onto the surrounding roads. We will keep local residents fully informed of developments with regular updates.

What extra steps have you taken to ensure the children will be safe during the construction period?

The site will be fully hoarded to ensure no unauthorised access. The main contractor will provide 24 hour security to the site, and a construction management plan to reduce the local impact.

Have you considered the impact of noise from the construction on residents living nearby?

As a responsible developer, during the construction phase of the development, we will give careful consideration to those living close by. Working hours for the construction will be restricted to those agreed with Wandsworth Council officers. The main contractor will provide 24 hour security to the site, and a construction management plan to reduce the local impact. We will keep local residents fully informed of developments with regular updates.

School

Do the plans have the backing of the school’s Headteacher and Governors?
Will St Mary’s Catholic Primary School have control over what the new school looks like?

The support of the school is extremely important to Taylor Wimpey, with both the School and its Governors being closely consulted and actively involved in the development of the proposals for the new school building.

What are the plans for the expansion of the school?

The proposed school will be extended to 2 forms of entry. It is also proposed for separate Early Years accommodation to be included within the new school building. The school has been designed to allow for future expansion should this be necessary in the future.

What new facilities will the children benefit from?

The proposed school will include a new courtyard play area in addition to a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) being provided on the roof of the new school building. This can be used for a variety of sporting activities and will also be made available for the local community outside of school hours.

Will the construction work occur during term time? What will the impact be on pupils and how is the school planning to mitigate against this?

It is likely that some construction work will need to take place during term time; however this will be subject to a detailed construction management plan that will be agreed with both the Council and the School. The phased approach to development will also be agreed with the school to ensure any potential for impact to the school is minimised as much as possible.

How will parents and staff be consulted about the plans?

The development team is committed to public consultation with the staff and parents at the school. We will provide regular updates through newsletters, our frequently updated website as well as a public exhibition where teachers and staff will have the opportunity to discuss the proposals first hand with the development team. If you would like to be kept informed about the proposals, please sign up for updates via the website.