Developer is "Extremely Pleased" about Council Go Ahead
King Street Developments new square will be focal point for the community
King Street Developments, the developer proposing to redevelop the area around the Town Hall, says the new public square will become a focal point for the Hammersmith community.
The developer says after over four years of preparation, Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s planning committee resolved to grant planning permission for proposals to regenerate the western end of King Street on Wednesday November 30.
The application, submitted by King Street Developments (a joint venture between Helical Bar Plc and Grainger Plc) in 2010, was given the go ahead by a majority of the committee.
David Walters, speaking on behalf of King Street Developments says: " This scheme will deliver tangible regeneration benefits for Hammersmith and we are extremely pleased that the Council’s officers and planning committee have recognised this. "
The Sheppard Robson designed scheme includes the demolition of the 1970s Town Hall extension and its replacement with a new public square on King Street in front of the Grade II listed Town Hall.
King Street Developments says the public square will be a new focal point for the community, capable of hosting various events throughout the year including an outdoor cinema in the summer and Christmas markets and ice rinks in winter.
The scheme will also provide a new Council office building, 290 new homes and a series of new shops and restaurants, including a community sized supermarket, between King Street and the Great West Road.
A raised pedestrian footpath will run from King Street to a new footbridge over the A4 which will link King treet to the river once more.
Together, the regeneration scheme will save Council taxpayers £18m, support local businesses by drawing more trade to this end of King Street and breathe new life into this part of Hammersmith.
The planning committee considered a scheme that was originally chosen by the public and the Council through a competitive public tender process in 2007/8 and originally submitted for planning at the end of 2010.
Amendments were submitted in August 2011 following the Council’s request for a smaller office building, which allowed the number of new homes to be reduced from 320 back to the original 290 and the building closest to the river to be reduced by five storeys.
David Walters says: " There is a great deal of work to do before work begins but we are very keen to get started and hope that we will receive planning permission shortly.
" Thanks must go to all our local supporters who have helped us design a scheme that will deliver the long term improvements to the area that the Council’s original brief set out in 2007."
December 1, 2011