Campaigners Vow to Keep Fighting as King Street Scheme is Approved
Local supporters asked to write to GLA and Secretary of State
As expected, Hammersmith and Fulham Council granted planning permission to King Street Development's proposed scheme for the redevelopment of the Town Hall area in King Street at a Planning Applications Committee meeting held at Latymer Upper School last night, December 1.
Campaign group Save Our Skyline, who have fought a long battle against the scheme, say permission was granted in spite of huge opposition from local residents, including over 1,000 letters of objection from individuals, and objections from 38 local residents’ associations, heritage and statutory groups, including English Heritage and the Greater London Authority, and over 8,500 signatures to petitions opposing the scheme and calling for the retention of the cinema.
SOS now says they will continue to fight this scheme along with other groups, requesting that the scheme be blocked by the Greater London Authority or called in by the Secretary of State.
John Jones, Chairman of SOS, said: “While we are tremendously frustrated and disappointed by the decision of the Planning Applications Committee, we are hardly surprised.
" It only serves to demonstrate the arrogance of this Council and the inherent conflict of interest in the Council having power to grant itself planning permission for such a controversial scheme.
"We will continue to ask the Secretary of State or the GLA to use their power to block this flawed scheme and stop the very real damage that it will wreak on Hammersmith and the historic riverside. We call on residents to maintain the pressure by writing to the GLA and the Secretary of State to make their views known.
" In short, this is a disgraceful deal, which shames Hammersmith and is particularly galling as all the Councillors that approved it live in Fulham!"
SOS are asking local people to write to the GLA asking them to block the scheme, and the Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, to ask for him to call in the scheme. The address is:
The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP
SOS say that to see a list of points you might raise in your letter, visit their website.
They ask people to state clearly that they oppose the plans, and to give the planning application reference numbers in the letter:
SOS also ask supporters to please email a copy of your letter to them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save Our Skyline is a group of concerned local residents, in association with more than 30 residents' associations and community groups which has fought a sustained campaign agains the recently revised scheme.
The group say changes in the revised scheme (taken from the Planning Supporting Statement Addendum Document) are as follows:
December 1, 2011