Evening Standard coverage of the ‘poor man’s Shard’

Over 100 local residents attended the Association’s open meeting on February 20th.   We heard from a RB Kensington & Chelsea planner and from Julie Bundy (involved in the recent Big Table campaign, which has persuaded Crossrail to drop plans to demolish this well-known furniture shop).

William Cooper (from Woodlands Area Residents) and SHRA member Jenny Harborne showed a set of visualisations of the impact of the Imperial West Phase 2 proposals.  These come from the computer model developed by Imperial’s architects, to which the Association has been granted access following our concerns last year about the accuracy of visualisations used for the Phase 1 planning application.

See our page at what the development will look like for visual images from this computer model.

Overshadowing of neighbouring streets and houses will now be investigated further, thanks to financial contributions from a number of local residents.

The Evening Standard came along to the meeting, and their subsequent feature on the development proposals can be seen at http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-24037813-this-poor-mans-shard-will-cast-a-blight-on-our-homes.do   We will be following up with a wider media campaign.

Planning consultation extended to March 8th

Residents in Kensington and Chelsea are only now being informed of the planning application for Imperial West.  Letters are going out to neighbouring households, and the application has been listed on the K&C website (although the details are only on the LBHF website – see previous post below for the link)

Because of this delay, the deadline set by Hammersmith & Fulham for comments on the application has been extended from February 24th to March 8th 2012.  This is good news as it allows more time for residents to learn about the details of the proposals, and to send in their views.

Our open meeting on February 20th at 8pm in St Helens Church Hall will be attended by a planning officer from Kensington & Chelsea, who will explain the approach to consultation on this side of the borough boundary,

The Association has meanwhile been doing more research on the financial background to the Imperial West development, and the relationship between Imperial College and its joint venture partner Voreda Capital.   More detail is at our new page on Imperial Financing Feb 2012 update.

Local residents have always been told that the tower of commercial apartments, and the proposed hotel, are required in order to finance the new academic buildings that Imperial badly needs.  The reality of the figures is beginning to look rather different.   We await more answers from the College.