Developers Move In On Former NatWest

Plans for High Street site to become a residential block

The old NatWest site on Wandsworth High Street. Picture: Google Streetview
The old NatWest site on Wandsworth High Street. Picture: Google Streetview

Planning proposals for a six storey residential block have been submitted on the old site of NatWest Bank at 98 Wandsworth High Street.

The scheme sits next to All Saints Church and runs through to the carpark of the two storey office block now known as Silverdale House. It comprises nine dual aspect apartments and a secure courtyard garden to the front.

The flats will range in size from one to three bedrooms, with a residents’ garden and cycle storage.

The developers, which are listed as city-based real estate outfit Fortitude Investments, say the building is set back from the High Street and will be “largely not visible from the main public thoroughfare”. The proposals also state that the development “would not affect the setting of the Grade II All Saints Church which forms a prominent historical landmark on the High Street”.

The planned development will be car-free with secure cycle storage near the entrance. The developers are also saying it will be “technologically highly sustainable and far exceeds current building regulations”.

The architects are London-based Aron Coates Architecture who are specialists in residential conversions throughout the UK. A building contractor is yet to be appointed.

CGI of southerly view of proposals from residents' courtyard. Picture: ACA Ltd
CGI of southerly view of proposals from residents' courtyard. Picture: ACA Ltd

The proposed plans are still open for comment on Wandsworth council’s planning portal under the reference number 2021/3550.

So far there have been four objections to the plans which centre around the ‘right to light’ of neighbouring Lyon House residents.

The NatWest branch at 98 Wandsworth High Street closed in May 2018.

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December 21, 2021