I’ll confess I was surprised to get a letter today from Asda telling me that they are about to submit a planning application to Wandsworth to build a mezzanine level in their store at Clapham Junction.

Their plan, apparently, includes the creation of 1,229 metres of new retail space, extensive refurbishment and a new customer cafe – making it a significant development.

The main reason I was surprised was because the council would usually hear about something like this fairly early. ¬†However, so far, the first anyone I’ve spoken to has heard about it was from me! ¬†Of course, it might all be fairly straight-forward and good news – they reckon it will create 30 jobs – but we don’t know until the plans are submitted.

The store are running a display over the next three days (Thursday 6 – Saturday 8 August), so if you are in the area and concerned about the potential impact of a development you might like to pop along.

Update As a commented points out, saying Asda have a display probably overstates it somewhat (I took their letter at its word). In fact they have a pile of leaflets on their customer services desk. While I suppose you could call it a display, it’s being a bit generous.

Having said that, it seems the work is largely contained within the existing structure, makig it – I imagine – a fairly uncontentious scheme.

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  1. Back before Asda was Asda, there used to be an upstairs part to the building. Was a cafe/restaurant…even at a young age, I didn’t get the point to removing it….

    • That planning department received the application today. From a verbal description it seems like they’ll be recreating the cafe where it was. The mezzanine will, apparently, increase the retail area by about a third, which is a big hike (and certainly bigger than I think the current upstairs area is – although I can’t say I have been up there often).

      Consultation letters will go out over the next few days.

  2. FYI I popped in there earlier and there isnt a display, just a leaflet at the customer services desk. It has a freepost section for people to send in their views.

  3. From the plans they’ve submitted it does indeed look fairly uncontentious; and (I reckon) probably helpful rather than harmful to Clapham Junction’s viability as a town centre. It’s surprising how much the exterior of the store has dated in 20 years. Compared to the sort of refurbishments Tesco & Sainsbury’s are carrying out on their older stores (which tend to extensively update the exterior, and make them look clean & ‘modern’, with windows facing the car park to make better use of natural light etc), what’s being proposed here is a very light-touch approach indeed, maybe even a missed opportunity.

    • You’re quite right. I think the key issues are traffic (presumably they are expecting more shoppers – how do they get there?) and the car park (technically this is a town centre car park, the free parking required by the council – if it’s full of Asda shoppers what impact does this have on other shop?).

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