The Palmhouse, Putney Exchange, London SW15
In February 2018, a joint planning application was submitted by Blackrock UK Property Fund, the owners of Putney Exchange shopping centre and Incipio Group, the team proposing the rooftop bar/dining concept.
Despite this proposal being popular and widely supported, the decision was made to withdraw the application to enable the applicants to consider constructive feedback and observations made relating to the proposal in order that a revised improved application could be made. It is of paramount importance, given the substantial investment proposed, to the applicants to deliver a truly unique and special dining concept which would not only stand the test of time, but also complement successfully the existing diverse F&B offering in Putney Town Centre.
As part of this re-application process the applicants engaged with local residents, local councillors and local community bodies. Letters were sent to surrounding neighbours of Putney Exchange and public consultation sessions were held in the shopping centre during November 2018.
It is clear from the feedback received that the over-riding concerns relate to the potential adverse impact of the site given the proximity to residential properties, the loss of car parking (to accommodate the development) and matters relating to the management of the venue.
The applicants are acutely aware of the need to work collaboratively with neighbours and other ‘interested parties’ in delivering this new venue and that all such concerns have, we feel, been addressed thoroughly in the revised proposals.
The new, and we believe, improved planning application, which features a radical and improved departure from the original design for The Palmhouse, was submitted for consideration the week commencing 7th January 2019. We look forward to being able to deliver a wonderful roof -top dining experience for everyone to enjoy.
Crucially, The Palmhouse will provide an essential point of difference for Putney and breathe desperately needed life and vitality back into the town centre. Here at Putney Exchange, we are keen for this project and venue to happen to support daytime and nighttime trade to the town centre.
We sincerely hope that the revised application is well received and supported and encourage people to visit the council website to review the proposals.
Note: These pictures of The Palmhouse are an artist impression based on the current plans submitted for approval.