Developers say scheme will prioritise ecology and feature a bike cafe
A new tower block development providing 116 flats on the banks of the River Wandle in Colliers Wood is set to rise to 13 storeys with ground floor commercial space to include a bike café.
Plans have been submitted to Merton Council for the scheme on the former Eddie Katz site at Station Road, which developers hope to complete in January 2024.
London Bridge-based Hadley Property Group say the development will consist of 40% affordable housing and will enhance the Wandle Trail with riverside seating and designs which “prioritise ecology and the preservation of natural habitats”.
Residents living in the Station Road and Mill Road area have until July 21 to comment on the scheme, which consists of two blocks of 13 and ten storeys.
Labour Abbey ward Councillor Eleanor Stringer has asked for views to be sent to email@example.com quoting the reference 21/P1907, and copying her in on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the plans are approved by councillors, work is set to begin in June 2022 with the blocks providing 116 flats including 28 for shared ownership, 18 to be offered at London affordable rent and 70 for sale at market prices.
The developers said: “We will be placing a strong focus on cycling and sustainable travel, with a bike café at the heart of the site - featuring repair and rental facilities, places for cyclists to rest, drinking fountains and wayfinding information for local cycling routes.
“There will also be a range of shared, low-carbon transport solutions available for hire, such as bikes, Bromptons and scooters.”
The site will feature 227 cycle spaces, two car club spaces and three disabled parking spaces, as well as 456 square metres of commercial space to include two new commercial offerings and outdoor play areas.
“The development proposals also include a new pedestrian footbridge over the River Wandle at the northwestern corner of the site that will connect the development to the residential estate along Mill Road and Dane Road, thereby providing improved permeability to the Site and better connectivity to the area,” the developers added.
But @SaveWimbledon tweeted: “Have architects/planners lost all sense of design/place/character/sight? This is right beside River Wandle, across from Merton Abbey Mills.”
Another view of how the development will look from surrounding residential streets
July 3, 2020