Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Hazel Blears has called in Minerva’s plans for the 1m sq ft mixed-use redevelopment of the former Young’s Ram Brewery site in Wandsworth, London.
Blears’ move comes after the development won consent from Wandsworth Council and the backing of Mayor Boris Johnson in December last year.
The development comprises four town centre sites, and includes restoring listed bulidings such as the Brewer’s House as well as developing two towers on the main brewery site, one of 32 storeys, one of 42 storeys, and around 200,000 sq ft of retail.
Wandsworth Council leader Edward Lister said: 'It’s unbelievable that in the depths of a recession we have a minister that would put at risk £1bn of investment in the town centre. The Ram Brewery development would have been the catalyst for the wider regeneration of Wandsworth town centre.
'It would also have provided the money needed to resolve the town centre's traffic problems. Now everything goes on hold while the minister and her officials get round to looking at the scheme. This delay could put the scheme back several months at least.
'At a time when the business community needs all the help it can get this is a sign of a minister completely out of touch with the real world.'