We have received an update from the developer of the old John Lewis Clearings site on Draycott Avenue, which received planning permission for development in February 2017.
“The new Marlborough Primary School was completed in 2017 and pupils began classes in their award-winning new building in September 2017, allowing for work on the Clearings site to begin. Since then we have been advancing along our programme of development for the site.
We are working with a leading international fitness provider, to include a high-quality health club and spa within the building. We hope this will be welcomed by local residents as, not only will the provider offer first-rate facilities, but health clubs are also generally very good neighbours.
In order to improve the services that the new health club will be able to offer, we are proposing to make some minor changes to the internal layout to rationalise the space available. The key changes involve increasing the floor to ceiling height of the health club (by slightly increasing basement depth to create better headroom in the club), and making the service lift, which will be used by cyclists, less obtrusive by moving it from Denyer St to Mossop St. The club will have a large glass shopfront for a juice bar and retail space, making the building open and welcoming, and improving the appearance of the street.
We have held discussions with officers from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea about these alterations to our proposals for the site, and they are pleased with the changes we have made. We are now applying for a variation to the planning permission under a section 73 to allow for these modifications to go ahead.
Construction is due to begin on the site in 2020 and we will keep you informed throughout the process. In the attached information sheet is an indicative timeline and further information about the future of Clearings.
In the meantime, if you have any questions about the development, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me and my team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
George Hardcastle, Development Director, Citygrove Securities Plc