Wandsworth councillors are expected to reject plans for a 16-storey hotel in Clapham Junction on Thursday night, just 48 hours after heritage group English Heritage (EH) said the area was “at risk of losing its character”.

Planning officers advised members of Wandsworth Council’s planning applications committee to reject plans for the Falcon Road scheme because of its “unduly prominent” height, adding the design would also “fail to preserve or enhance the character of Clapham Junction Conservation Area”.

Officers also said the development - which included plans for 132 rooms and conference facilities - was not accessible for people with disabilities and did not meet sustainablitiy and environmental criteria.

They also refused conservation area consent.

On Tuesday English Heritage said 81 of 486 conservation areas surveyed in London - including Clapham Junction - were threatened by “neglect, decay or damaging change”.

The list is part of English Heritage’s At Risk Register, which identifies areas that have deteriorated in the last three years or are at a risk of doing so in the next three years.

Other areas in the borough “at risk” are Culverden Road in Tooting and East Putney.

Cyril Richert of the Clapham Junction Action Group, which opposed the hotel plans, said a strategy for tall buildings in the borough was needed and local people had to “define what they want for the area”.

He said: “We can only welcome this decision and hope this will prefigure further changes in the core strategy regarding the possibility of tall buildings in applications submitted for Clapham Junction.”