Planning Potential secures unanimous approval for Young's new head office in Wandsworth
26 July 2019
Having spent many years outside of the town centre, Young’s instructed Planning Potential to prepare planning and listed building consent applications which would allow the Company to return to its former home.
At last night’s planning committee, members unanimously resolved to approve plans to allow Young & Co.’s Brewery PLC. to redevelop the site surrounding the Grade II listed Spread Eagle public house on Wandsworth High Street, delivering a new boutique hotel, office space and a training and development kitchen.
Although currently situated on the riverside, Young’s historical home is in the heart of Wandsworth, where the brewery was established in 1831. Having spent many years outside of the town centre, Young’s instructed Planning Potential to prepare planning and listed building consent applications which would allow the Company to return to its former home.
The proposals included:
- Works to the upper floors of the Grade II listed Spread Eagle public house, supported by a two-storey extension to the rear of two adjacent properties, to deliver a 21-room boutique hotel
- New flexible, open plan office space for Young’s new head office
- Re-location of the existing training and development kitchen, with additional ventilation and extraction equipment
- Sensitive refurbishment of the Spread Eagle’s ground floor
Planning Potential provided a cohesive link between all members of the project team, crafting a detailed pre-application strategy to ensure buy-in from the Council's planning and conservation officers at an early stage. This considered approach led to officers giving a positive recommendation for both the planning and listed building consent applications.
The development will deliver employment opportunities as part of the boutique hotel and increased dining area capacity, with space for the Company’s culinary team to expand in the purpose-built training and development kitchen.
Securing planning permission for works to, and in proximity of, listed buildings is a complex process, which typically requires specialist guidance and expertise. Planning Potential boast significant experience in providing heritage sensitive, yet commercially aware, advice to clients with an interest in historic assets. Whether you are developing plans to redevelop a listed building, or simply preparing to purchase a site in a conservation area, our team can advise you on the options available to you.