Putney To Lose Both Local DIY Superstores

Wandsworth B&Q to close this weekend followed by Homebase next summer


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B&Q will be the first to go, with confirmation that the store, on Smugglers Way will shut its doors this Saturday (12 October). And developer Legal and General, who May this year it had exchanged contracts on both adjacent sites, has told the Wandsworth Society that Homebase will also close by June next year.

The two sites will house a massive six acre development by Legal and General, projected to cost half a billion pounds, which could eventually include up to 1,000 new flats, a percentage of which will be available to rent.

The development, pictured above, will include 16 residential blocks, including towers 15 storeys high. Located adjacent to Wandsworth Town train station, the development will include a new entrance to the platforms.

A spokesperson for B&Q, said: "B&Q is committed to our customers in the Wandsworth area, we’re very sorry to be closing the Wandsworth store on Saturday, October 12 and we send our sincere apologies to Wandsworth customers."

The nearest B&Q stores will be in New Malden and the closest Homebase stores will be in Richmond.

The planning application for the B&Q site which can be found here is as follows:

Demolition of existing retail buildings and phased construction of 13 residential blocks (with 3 podiums) ranging from 8 to 15 storeys to provide a mixed use scheme including 517 residential units (Class C3), 5160 s.q.m. GIA of business (Class B1) and 2969 s.q.m. GIA flexible business/retail/restaurant and cafe (Class B1, A1, A2, A3 and A4) with car/cycle parking, associated combined heat and power (CHP), plant and associated works, landscaping, new accesses onto Smugglers Way, and offsite highways works including a new pedestrian crossing of Swandon Way. An Environmental Statement has been submitted under the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 as amended

The application for the Homebase site, which can be found here is as follows:

Demolition of existing retail warehouse building and erection of three buildings ranging from 7 to 15 storeys with basement to provide a mixed use scheme including 343 residential units (Class C3), 597 sq.m. GIA of retail units (Class A1 and/or A2 and/or A3 uses) 164 sq.m. of Community Use (Class D1) and 1647 sq.m. GIA of studio/offices (Class B1), with associated cycle parking spaces and 89 car parking spaces, playspace, landscaping and public realm improvements (including contribution towards the new entrance to Wandsworth Town Station).


October 7, 2019

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