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Government blocks £300m Wandsworth brewery redevelopment

2 Jul 10 The Government has rejected plans by Minerva to build two giant residential towers as part of a redevelopment of the Ram Brewery site in Wandsworth, south London.

The Government has rejected plans by Minerva to build two giant residential towers as part of a redevelopment of the Ram Brewery site in Wandsworth, south London.

The proposals involved the construction of two towers, one 42 storeys high, the other 32 storeys, in the £300m scheme.

But the Government has blocked the proposals. In a public inquiry, locals expressed concern about the impact the development would have on nearby listed buildings.

The scheme was also opposed by the Health & Safety Executive, which was worried about its proximity to the Wandsworth Gasholder station. The HSE advised that the development could put people at an increased risk should an accident occur.

The development would have comprised 1,036 apartments and 238,000 sq ft of retail, restaurant and other commercial space, plus a riverside walk, public squares, and a public viewing gallery in one of the towers.

Wandsworth Council gave planning approval for the scheme in 2008 but it was called in by the Labour government in early 2009.

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