The Oakwood Group negotiated the purchase of this former warehouse site located in Streatham Town Centre on a subject to planning permission basis.
Planning history on the site saw two applications refused by the Council on grounds of bulk, height, scale and massing as well as car parking provision.
The site forms part of an urban block defined by four local roads. To the east character is of mixed use built form including residential, local retail, offices and shops and services located along the length of Streatham Hill. The area has excellent transport connections.
The previous use of the site as warehousing was not appropriate in this location. The buildings were of poor quality and did not sit comfortably, particularly with the residential buildings to the west.
We worked tirelessly in the spirit of the coalition Government’s localism agenda to engage with the local community, business leaders and the planning authority during the pre-application stages to ensure the scheme submitted was acceptable.
Extensive stakeholder involvement derived a proposal comprised of 66 apartments with commercial accommodation at ground floor. A resolution to grant Planning Permission was secured in October 2012 for a scheme of 51 apartments to be provided for market sale, with 13 apartments and 2 houses being provided for affordable rent. The market sale element was funded in part by National Westminster Bank Plc.
This was an important regeneration site identified in the council’s Masterplan and we took the opportunity to provide an outward looking and visually attractive development to enhance this part of Streatham and created a high quality environment which fosters solid community benefits. The design provides substantial usable and attractive amenity space through the introduction of a landscaped podium deck and basement car parking, eliminating the domination of car parking on the street scene.
Demolitions commenced March 2013 and construction was completed in January 2015.
A further planning application was then granted in September 2015 to convert the vacant ground floor commercial accommodation into a further six apartments. These conversion works were completed in August 2016, taking the total residential units on site to 72.