Town Centre Grocery Being Redeveloped For Residential Use

The shop was once home to an old borough newspaper

Redevelopment at 144 Wandsworth High Street has begun

September 12, 2023

The Close to Home Food store at 144 Wandsworth High Street is being redeveloped for residential use.

Planning has been granted to change the ground floor from retail to a one bedroom flat with alterations to the front and rear elevations.

The shop front has already been removed to make way for two new windows fronting onto Wandsworth High Street, while a new ‘traditional timber’ door will be inserted at an angle next to the entrance to the flat above at 144a.

The former shop floor itself is being converted into a kitchen/living room, with a bedroom and shower room being built at the back of the premises where the shop’s kitchen, office and WC used to be. A small bin store and courtyard for the flat will be accessed via the kitchen/living room.

Civil and structural engineers Knapp Hicks & Partners, who are based in Brentford, have provided the plans for the private owner of the premises.

Aside from Close to Home Foods, previous inhabitants of 144 Wandsworth High Street include Tate Woodburn Estate Agents and Surveyors as well as Head Girls Hair Designers Studio and the barber shop, Head Boys.

The Wandsworth Borough News used to be run out of the building
The Wandsworth Borough News used to be run out of the building

Delving further into the past a sign on the building at 144 Wandsworth High Street shows that the now defunct Wandsworth Borough News (or ‘Boro’ News as it was officially known) was compiled on the premises from the late 1800s. The newspaper ran for more than 100 years, becoming part of the Surrey Comet in its later days.

144 Wandsworth High Street is the latest in a line of change-of-use redevelopments in Wandsworth Town Centre. The previous office block at Argyll House in All Saints Passage is nearing completion of its transformation into new apartments, while the old Carpetman shop at 7a Putney Bridge Road, has been demolished and planning permission is in place for a new residential development, by Enzo’s Homes, of one, two and three bedroom dwellings.

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