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Welcome the Wandsworth Society website, whether as a visitor or as a member of the Society. Our November 2015 Newsletter and the Christmas Bedside edition of the Newsletter can be found on our Archive page.

Latest news and events
(updated 18 January)

Our Events page has been updated. It includes details of two January events:

Tuesday, 19 January, 7 pm, Wandsworth Town Hall, Room 123 - public meeting of the Wandsworth Environment Forum (which the Society supports). Rubbish, Recycling and the Circular Economy – talks and discussion.

Friday 22 January Revised plan for the Society's walk: canal-side walk to the Museum of London Docklands.

Current planning issues

Replacing Wandsworth Town’s gyratory road system*
Transport for London (TfL) has been consulting further with the public on its revised proposals, details of which can be found here. Many Society members and other local residents will have submitted their personal responses to the proposals. The Society’s own submission dated 17 January 2016 is here.

Homebase site, Swandon Way
The Society has objected strongly to planning application 2015/6608, which involves a 17-storey tower overlooking the Tonsleys (another development proposal that is contrary to existing Council policies). The Society’s letter to the Council is here.

Crossrail 2* – further consultation
A further round of public consultation on Crossrail 2 is now drawing to a close. The Society’s response is here.

This consultation has included a new proposal to route Crossrail 2 through Balham rather than Tooting (the route earlier proposed) and the construction of a ventilation & access shaft on the edge of Wandsworth Common opposite the junction of Honeywell Road and Bolingbroke Grove. Details can be accessed here.

There are other links, more details and an interactive map at including more fact sheets. You can read more about Crossrail 2 shafts here.

The current round of consultation – there will be more in due course – formally closed on 8 January, but late submissions will, we understand be accepted up to the end of the month.

Neal's Lodge:
An application (2015/4797) for the change of use of parts of Neal’s Lodge, Wandsworth Common, as a pre-school for some 62 infants is proving very controversial. There are major concerns about the impacts on the Common. See the Society’s comments here.

Another tall tower for Wandsworth Town centre*
... despite our objections (see here) the Council has now approved the developer’s revised application for a taller tower, offering a lower proportion of ‘affordable’ housing.
*For background information, see our Current Concerns page.

An eyesore approved:
Despite the opposition of many local residents and the Wandsworth Society, the Council’s Planning Applications Committee approved on 21 May the Council’s plan to erect an 11.5 metre high illuminated advertising hoarding on the north-east corner of East Hill, at the junction with Trinity Road. You can read the Society’s objections to planning application 2015/0507 here. Our Chairman wrote recently to the Wandsworth Guardian, expressing the Society’s concern over the development. Further correspondence followed. We understand that the Council is now considering the need for a Council policy statement on such advertising hoardings, as the Society and others have sought.

Wandsworth Town:
Despite the strong objections of the Society and many local residents, the Council’s major re-development project that includes the building of a 26-storey tower on the South Thames College site, overlooking (overshadowing) the Old Burial Ground, is now set to go ahead. For more, see Current Concerns.

Initial building work has begun on the Ram Brewery site – now described as the ‘Ram Quarter’
See, where you can find details of the first building phase (and of the neighbourhood construction liaison meetings that some Society members have been attending). Enabling works are being undertaken by Keir Construction. The first phase of building involves the restoration of heritage buildings within the brewery complex and the construction of 338 apartments, the basement for the development, an energy centre and links to Southside shopping centre. This phase is due for completion in early 2017.
The Society’s earlier involvement with the project is described on our Current Concerns page. Following recent planning approvals, the planned tall tower block (Phase 2) will now reach 38 storeys.

*For background information, see our Current Concerns page.

Our aims

The Wandsworth Society is a non-political community environment group, formed in 1971 (registered charity number 263737). In an area of London that is changing rapidly, we aim to:

  • safeguard the character, quality and integrity of the built environment, open spaces and rivers (Wandle and Thames), in and around Wandsworth Town and Common;
  • raise community awareness of the need for conservation and sensitive local development policies;
  • contribute to local debate on environment and transport matters;
  • influence decision-making on planning proposals, particularly to curb excessive or inappropriate development, but also to support welcome new developments;
  • campaign for improved traffic management and public transport across the area; and
  • improve the quality and enjoyment of life in Wandsworth for all its residents.

We aim to make a difference for the better, as the Wandsworth environment continues to change.

We support

   - through membership, affiliation or participation, the work and aims of -

Civic Voice,

The London Forum of Civic and Amenity Societies,

The Wandle Valley Forum

The Wandsworth Common Management Advisory Committee

The Wandsworth Cycling Campaign,

The Wandsworth Environment Forum

The West London Rivers Group,


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