The application seeks to demolish the current single-storey rear extension of the Lodge and build a new two-storey rear extension to the building which would be used as a shop. It also seeks to demolish the existing outbuildings on the site and build new single-storey building that can be used as a cafe. In addition, the application envisages using part of the site as a car showroom and proposes building single-storey storage units for some of these vehicles. No car repair work would be permitted on site under this application.
Full details of the application can be seen at www.wandsworth.gov.uk. The planning application number is 2012/2460. There is also an accompanying application for Listed Building Consent, number 2012/2697.
The three Bedford ward councillors have said:
- There should be no overdevelopment of this site. We feel that 98-100 Tooting Bec Road is not a suitable site for building a new block of flats, with all the implications that would have for stress on parking spaces and the impact on neighbours’ gardens. It is in no-one’s interest for this site to be left vacant. The site has been boarded up for some time now and this attracts a risk of squatters, as well as the historic lodge falling into disrepair.
- The historic Lodge building should be retained. The Lodge is all that remains of a large Georgian-era estate in the area and is of local historical significance, as well as being a listed building.
- Some form of community use should be encouraged. In these tough financial times, we know there is no public money available to acquire the site, but we hope that some form of communal space, such as a cafe, could be established on the site.