Battersea Bridge apartment block plans scaled back after hundreds of objections

By Charlotte Lillywhite, Local Democracy Reporter

Controversial plans for a 38-storey apartment block at the bottom of Battersea Bridge have been changed after more than 330 objections. 

Developer Rockwell Property confirmed the proposed height of the tower at 1 Battersea Bridge Road will be reduced after reviewing feedback from residents, including during consultation events in November. 

It means the number of proposed homes will also be slashed, with the original scheme allowing for up to 170.

The Glassmill office building at the corner of the River Thames and Battersea Bridge Road would be demolished to make way for the new apartment block, which would also have offices and community space. 

Rockwell is now finalising the planning application for the revised scheme, which it aims to submit in the spring. 

Details on the changes to the original plans will be revealed in due course.

A Rockwell spokesman said: “Although this will mean a reduction in the number of units, we are proud of our proposal, which will deliver best-in-class homes for Londoners and much-needed affordable homes exceeding Wandsworth council’s affordable housing policy targets. 

“We will also deliver affordable workspace for local businesses and create new spaces for the community.”

One resident wrote that the previous plans would mean the “ridiculously tall building” would “stick out like the world’s largest sore thumb”. 

He said: “It would be a very quick way to ruin the feel of the whole place. It is entirely incongruous with its surroundings, with our Battersea, with the whole charming aesthetic of our neighbourhood.”

Pictured top: The existing Glassmill building on the site in Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea (Picture: Google Maps)

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