Hammersmith and Fulham planning committee,8 November 2022, have overturned their decision to refuse the 18-storey proposal by AHMM on behalf of the Women’s Pioneer Housing Association at the meeting of 11 October 2022. 

The proposal was for: The demolition of existing buildings and structures and redevelopment of the site in the form of an 18-storey building plus part lower-ground floor) with two connected 7-storey elements, a mix of residential apartments, office space and co-living accommodation, associated co-living amenity space and facilities, workspace, and a ground floor cafe/ restaurant; new public realm; pedestrian access; landscaping; and associated works.

The planning officers at the meeting of 11 October 2022 had recommended for approval subject to a call in by the Mayor of London.

The planning committee refused the proposal on many grounds. Firstly the height of the proposal was not in keeping with the local area and objections from neighbouring Kensington and Chelsea. Further complaints related to the standard of the building and a failure to comply with energy efficiency standards.

The planning officers waited for the mayor to call in the proposal, which had yet to happen. The reports stated that “the Council has a duty to ensure that any decision is based on a full consideration of all the material planning considerations. It can reserve the right to consider an application further at a subsequent committee meeting provided that no decision notice has been issued.”

The proposal has now been resubmitted with new information clarifying the objections: Existing building in the White City area exceeds the proposed height of the development, the proposal exceeds the GLA targets for carbon reduction, which includes new PV units and the co-living units meet the GLA guidelines.

The officers have reinforced their original recommendation for approval. The committee approved the proposal.



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