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Minerva Ltd

Ram Brewery site, Wandsworth, London

John Cohu

Partner, Planning

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Case Study

Montagu Evans advised on the mixed use development which includes 661 residential units, 10,770 square metres of commercial floorspace and the reinstatement of Grade II* listed buildings.

The scheme includes a 36 storey tower offering panoramic views across London.

Consisting of a site area of 3.5 hectares, the resolution to grant planning permission on the Ram Brewery Site will unlock a large portion of strategic land in Wandsworth Town Centre undoubtedly serving as a catalyst for future regeneration in the Borough.

The future of the Site had been uncertain after a planning application for a larger scheme was called in by the Secretary of the State and refused in 2008 despite being approved the Council and the Mayor of London.

Since then, Montagu Evans prepared and submitted a hybrid outline application with all reserved matters submitted for the heritage and river phases.  The scheme offers a number of sustainable benefits to the Site and the surrounding area. Montagu Evans also submitted a viability appraisal and supporting documentation justifying the Section 106 and affordable housing package offered with the application.

The process involved close consultation with planners and members at the London Borough of Wandsworth, other key consultees, as well as residents and local groups.  Key to obtaining the resolution to grant planning permission was ensuring that the Health and Safety Executive and Thames Water were satisfied with the proposal.  Indeed, the SGN gas holder and the proposed Tideway Tunnel presented constraints which threatened the delivery of the scheme. Montagu Evans developed strong working relationships with both organisations and engaged in extensive communication to ensure a successful outcome.

The reinstatement of the listed buildings and the preservation of their setting was a key aim from the outset of the scheme.   Montagu Evans ensured a positive outcome in respect of key heritage issues by liaising with national and local heritage interest groups such as English Heritage, The Georgian Society and the Wandsworth Conservation Area Advisory Committee to ensure the design was complementary to the heritage environment.

Throughout the process Montagu Evans have valued the site for the principle debt funder.


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